Crime Victim Rights Week proclaimed in Clermont County

April 11th, 2013    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: News

From left are Commissioner Proud, Stephanie Ross, Holly Cruey and Commissioner Uible.

The Board of Clermont County Commissioners issued a proclamation designating the week of April 21 through April 27 as “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week” in Clermont County, Ohio.

Stephanie Ross and Holly Cruey of the Victim Witness Division of the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office accepted the Proclamation as Commissioner Uible announced, “6,273 citizens of Clermont County were victims of crime last year alone, now is the time to embrace new solutions and renew our commitment to bring awareness regarding the support available to Clermont County citizens who have been a victim of a crime.”

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week provides an opportunity to intensify awareness about the challenges faced by crime victims and to highlight the long struggle to establish victims’ rights. This year’s national theme—New Challenges. New Solutions.—summons our nation to confront and remove obstacles to achieving those rights.

Only 30 years ago, crime victims had no rights, access to crime victim compensation, or services to help rebuild their lives.

They were often excluded from courtrooms, treated as an afterthought by the criminal justice system, and denied an opportunity to speak at sentencing.

Today, all states have enacted crime victims’ rights laws and established crime victim compensation funds. More than 10,000 victim service agencies help victims throughout the nation. Every year, states and localities receive millions of federal dollars to support these services.

However, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week reminds us that many challenges remain. Crime victims’ rights are not universal and are often not enforced. Only a small percentage of victims receive crime victim compensation, which is usually limited to victims of violent crime.

Advocates also face a host of new challenges as they strive to provide culturally competent services for increasingly diverse populations (e.g., seniors, teens, immigrant populations) and victims of newly prevalent crimes (e.g., trafficking and technology-related stalking and identity theft).

As funding sources decrease, providers must target their services even more strategically. For additional information about 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and ideas on how to help crime victims, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website, www.ovc.gov.

Created due to request from local victims, the Clermont County Victim Assistance Office provides direct services to felony and misdemeanor crime victims in the criminal court system. Please call (513) 732-7979 to learn more about Victim Assistance services in Clermont County.

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One Response to “Crime Victim Rights Week proclaimed in Clermont County”

  1. William Polt says:

    I have been employed by the ODRC for 20 years. I have proudly worn the uniform and conducted myself with the victims of crime first. As of recent I have witnessed a change in the departments policy. We are now to regard all prisoners as customers. Your article mentions that funding for services to victims is decreasing. Well I wish you to know that the department of corrections are implementing new programs for our customers so they are given all the benefits when they get out. I want you rest assure they are well taken care of while they are in also. Plenty of room to relax, couches to rest in after a hard day at work. vending machines in the housing units to get a cold refreshment and maybe a sandwich and chips. Cable TV to help with entertainment along with workout equipment to keep them fit so when they do get out will be able to avoid getting caught the next time. these are some of the changes our govenor and his directors are doing to ensure good customer service is provided to those whom commit crime as an incentive not commit crime in the future. I have seen enough that I am currently seeking employment elsewhere. I support your recognition of those individuals who have suffered at the hands of criminals with no regard for anyone else but themselves.

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