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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
April 10 thru April 16, 2011

The Ocala Police Department Receives community Awareness Project Funding
For National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
April 10 thru April 16, 2011


The Ocala Police Department has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U. S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Local agencies collaborating on the project were the Ocala Police Department, State Attorney’s Office, Kimberly’s Cottage, Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Center, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and the Marion County Children’s Alliance,

The week of April 10-16, 2011, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which was first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. This annual observance seeks to increase public awareness of, and knowledge among crime victims and survivors about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights’ Week is “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past.”

NCVRW Community Awareness Project funding encourages communities to collaborate on victim and public awareness activities, and develop innovative approaches to victim outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights’ Week and throughout the year. The Ocala Police Department was one of the 71 projects recommended by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators and selected for funding by OVC for 2011 from the 167 applications that were submitted.

According to Laurie Whitaker, Ocala Police Department’s Grant Manager, the Community Awareness Project in Ocala/Marion County will kick-off on the downtown square on Monday, April 11th at 11:00 a.m., to include a butterfly release; resource fairs throughout the week at locations to include Silver Springs Shores Community Center, Marion Oaks, Marion County Public Library, CF Hampton Center and the Senior Wellness Center in Ocala. On Thursday, April 14th, the State Attorney’s Office will hold their annual Victim’s Remembrance Ceremony for homicide/death victim’s families/friends. On April 16th, we will join with Art in the Park at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala with booths, prizes, a K-9 demonstration, Fire Truck display and a tree planting to honor the victims of crime.

“The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims,” Laurie Whitaker said. “Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year.”

For additional information about 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about local victims’ rights and services visit our Web site at ocalapd.com For information about national efforts to promote 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov.

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is a non-profit organization that represents the 56 state agencies that distribute funds from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to more than 4,000 direct victim assistance service providers. All of the funds for VOCA programs come from criminal fines and other penalties paid by federal criminal offenders and not from taxpayer dollars. For more information about NAVAA, contact info@navaa.org.



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