Fulton County Agencies Recognize National Crime Victim Rights Week - April 6 - 12, 2014 | Print |

The Offices of Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. and Solicitor General Carmen Smith are joining forces this month in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights week, April 6-12, 2014. The Victim Assistance programs from each prosecution office will partner to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights and connect victims and their families to available services and resources.

 

“National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an opportunity to reflect on the lives that have been affected, and cherish the brave survivors. We must also bring awareness to senseless crimes that continue to occur in our communities and the steps that can be taken to prevent them” says Shannon Hervey, Director of Victim Services for the District Attorney’s Office.

The theme for the 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice.”  “We are honored this year to both celebrate the progress that we have made and to rededicate ourselves to securing the rights of crime victims and to expanding the resources and protections that crime victims need to rebuild their lives,” says Amanda Planchard, Director of Victim Assistance for the Solicitor General’s Office.” 

The Victim Assistance teams will mark the week-long occasion with several important events designed to engage the Fulton County community.

Blue Ribbon Campaign
Sunday, April 6- Saturday, April 12, 2014
Fulton County law enforcement agencies are asked to show their support for crime victims’ rights by either wearing or tying a dark blue ribbon to the antenna of their patrol cars throughout the week. Blue ribbons are the national symbol for Crime Victims’ Rights. 

Victim Awareness & Prevention Day
Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
This day will offer community outreach events at several area Walmart Supercenters to raise awareness and educate the community about crime victims’ rights and to connect the public to available resources for crime victims and their families. By choosing Walmart we hope to reach a diverse audience of individuals who may one day be at risk for crime victimization. Advocates will be available along with brochures and information from several community agencies who share in the common goal of assisting victims with healing and returning a sense of normalcy to their lives.

Survivor Goods Drive
Monday - Friday, April 7-11 2014 – Survivor Goods Drive
A Survivor Goods Drive designed to benefit victims of domestic violence and sexual assault is planned for the entire week. County employees, law enforcement, and members of the public are asked to donate items that will be grouped and distributed to Fulton County sexual assault and domestic violence shelters. Goods can be dropped off at the Fulton County Government Center, the District Attorney’s Office, the Solicitor General’s Office, Fulton County 911, the Fulton County Marshals Department, law enforcement agencies throughout Fulton County, and at Victim Awareness and Prevention Outreach events during the week.  Items to be collected include: handsoap, antibacterial hand sanitizer, toilet tissue, Kleenex, feminine hygiene products, socks, sweat pants, cotton t-shirts, diapers (Large) and pull-ups, cleaning supplies (bleach, cleaning wipes), toiletry items such as soap, body spray, lotions, powder, toothpaste, toothbrush, mouthwash, perfumes, deodorant, and shampoo/conditioner.

For more information about these events or about your rights as a victim of crime, contact the Offices of the District Attorney and the Solicitor General at (404) 612-4986 or (404) 612-6883 or online: www.fultonda.org or www.fultoncountyga.gov/sg-home.