Provided by Prince William County
Federal and State crime victims’ rights laws, passed as a result of victims’ rights movements, have established essential rights to allow crime victims to participate meaningfully throughout the criminal justice process.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors recently proclaimed of April 24 to 30, 2022 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Prince William County.
Crime can leave a lasting impact on anyone regardless of age, national origin, race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration or economic status. Community experts and trusted sources can help develop accessible services to create a responsive criminal justice system that is readily accessible to all crime victims.
With the unwavering support of their communities and victim service providers behind them, survivors are empowered to face their grief, loss, fear, anger and hope without fear of judgement, and will feel understood, heard and respected.
The resolution stated that the board stands ready to “respond to crime and violence by helping victims find not only support, recovery, and justice, but also a sense of hope for their future.”
Victims’ rights are best protected when all participants in the criminal justice process – not only victims – are appropriately educated about victims’ rights.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week provides an opportunity to recommit and ensure that accessible, appropriate and trauma-informed services are offered to all crime victims.
The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney Victim Witness Assistance Program helps strengthen victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime and builds resilience in communities by bringing hope and healing to all victims and survivors in Prince William County.