Annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week promotes crime victim rights and services awareness
(DES MOINES, Iowa) The Office of the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD) will conduct a series of events next week to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, from April 19-25.
- Monday, April 20: University of Northern Iowa awareness event at the student union from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 21: Crime Victim Assistance Division Night at the Iowa Cubs. Game time: 6:38 p.m. The first 200 people will receive a commemorative "koozie" beverage insulator. CVAD Director Janelle Melohn will throw the first pitch.
- Wednesday, April 22: University of Iowa awareness event at the student union from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 22: Iowa City awareness event at the Iowa City Recreation Center, 220 S Gilbert Street, from 5 – 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, April 24: Mt. Pleasant awareness event at the Iowa Wesleyan College campus, from 9 – 11 a.m.
- Friday, April 24: Altoona Flying J Travel Plaza awareness event, from 3 – 5 p.m., in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Transportation and Truckers Against Trafficking
The annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, first proclaimed in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan, seeks to increase public awareness of the rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. This year’s theme is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.”
“We encourage members of our community to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year,” Melohn said.
“This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme reminds us of the importance to create a victim response system that is open and accessible to all survivors and victims of crime,” Joye Frost, Director, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice, said. “It is very important that we build partnerships throughout our communities to better address all victims’ needs by believing them and offering support and resources regardless of where they disclose their victimization. Everybody plays a role.”
For additional information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities in Iowa, go to www.facebook.com/CrimeVictimAssistanceDivision or contact Rhonda Dean, Victim Rights Coordinator, at 515-281-5044. For victims’ rights and services available statewide, go to
For information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week efforts nationwide, go to the Office for Victims of Crime website at www.ovc.gov.