Since1981, National CrimeVictims' Rights Week (NCVRW)has challenged thenation to confrontand remove barriers to full justice for victims of crime. Each year, communities across the country revisit the history of the victims' rights movement and recommit themselves to advancing the progress already achieved.
This year's theme is "Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope." If victims are to trust that the system will will work for them, we must meet them where they are - physically, culturally and emotionally. By serving victims. buidling trust and restoring hope, the field can more effectively help victims rebuild their lives.
The Berks County Crime Victims' Rights Committee plans local events each year to observe this week. Belowisalistofeventsforthisyear:
Community Awareness Expo - Various social service agencies will be available to provide information on services for crime victims. For further details on this event, click here.
Bookmark Contest - Allmiddle/intermediateschools throughout Berks County were invited to have their students participate in creating a bookmark related to this year's theme. To see the bookmark winner, click here.
Hands of Hope - All elementary schools throughout Berks County were asked have their students work together on a classroom project. We asked teachers to talk to students about positive ways to use their hands. The students were then asked to draw a picture or write how they could use their hands in a helpful way. To see photos from the various classrooms, click here.