In the fall of 2014, the National Center for Victims of Crime convened leaders of the crime victims and survivors’ advocacy field to identify shared policy priorities for the next decade. We were joined by additional resource partners who shared their perspectives and led us to deeper consideration of the issues discussed. One Day: Taking Stock, Moving Forward gave us an opportunity to celebrate the tremendous progress that has been made for victims and survivors over the past three decades. It also provided a chance to share current concerns and set priorities for the national advocacy community for victims and survivors.
As advocates observe the 30th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, we have much to celebrate. With a basic infrastructure to support victim services and compensation, the establishment of crime victims’ rights at the federal and state level, and many other policy accomplishments for victims of crime and abuse, victims and survivors are better supported today than ever before.
At the same time, we recognize that much remains to be accomplished. Many of our policy achievements are not uniformly implemented across the country; and many victims remain unable to access justice, safety, and important resources. After thoughtful and spirited discussions, we identified broad new policy priorities. We also agreed to circulate those priorities for endorsement by other national, state, and local victim and survivor advocacy organizations.
With the release and endorsement of these advocacy priorities, new advances in victim policy will help to bring hope, healing, and justice to survivors of crime and abuse nationwide.