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National Center for Victims of Crime Joins Colleagues in Announcing New Victim Policy Priorities for the Coming Decade

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April 22, 2015
Contact: Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

Washington, DC -- The National Center for Victims of Crime, together with more than 20 national victim and survivor organizations, today announced shared policy priorities for the next decade in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25.  The six policy priorities were identified late last fall at a convening of leaders in the crime victims and survivors advocacy field organized by the National Center for Victims of Crime.

The shared policy priorities were released at an event in Washington, DC, earlier this morning.  The broad collection of national victim and survivor advocacy organizations that met to develop the priorities included advocates for homicide survivors, human trafficking victims, elder victims, victims of drunk and drugged driving, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, victims of campus violence, victims of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims of violence, and many more. The National Center and their partners invite others at the national, state, tribal, and local levels to read the report and sign on atwww.victimsofcrime.org/OneDay.

“National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is a chance for all of us to reflect on our progress and set new goals.  Last year’s recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, gives special significance to these policy priorities.  It is our collective hope that the creation of these shared priorities will drive the victims’ movement forward in the coming decade,” commented Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

The collaborating organizations committed to using their combined energies over the next decade to:

  • Ensure that amounts collected for the Crime Victims Fund are released for their intended purpose, at levels necessary to meet the needs of crime victims and reduce the impact of victimization on individuals and society.
  • Reform crime victim compensation to increase benefits, improve access, reduce barriers, and promote standardization across jurisdictions.
  • Incorporate racial justice concerns in victim and survivor advocacy efforts.
  • Protect the physical safety, emotional well-being, and financial security of all crime victims and witnesses.
  • Pursue justice for all crime victims by continuing to reform our justice systems to increase transparency, ensure that victims’ voices are heard, and provide meaningful accountability.
  • Promote fair and thoughtful roles for institutions in preventing and responding to victimization.

The event was live streamed on Twitter and the recording will be available for the 24 hours immediately following the event. Be sure to follow the National Center for Victims of Crime for updates and progress.   

Endorsing organizations include the California Elder Justice Coalition, Casa de Esperanza, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, Legal Momentum, MADD, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, National Center for Victims of Crime, National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence, National Children’s Alliance, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, National Crime Victim Law Institute, National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Organization for Victim Assistance, National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Polaris, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network and VTV Family Outreach Foundation.

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The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For almost 30 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.