The rights of victims are key in ensuring the proper respect and recognition is given to those who have been at the receiving end of crime. Victims must not be forgotten in the judicial system and in our society.
This week, we support victims of crimes and encourage our community to do the same during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This week marks the 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and is commemorated April 18 – 24, 2021.
What is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week?
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is a time to remember crime victims and survivors, acknowledge the achievement of victim services, and honor those who have committed to serving victims of crime.
The Office for Victims of Crime leads communities every April to observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme is Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities. It emphasizes the importance of leveraging community support to help crime victims.
The Resource Guide provides a number of outreach tools and sample materials to help with the awareness campaign and integrating the theme into your own message to the community. It includes sample materials for traditional media outlets and social media, artwork, and a history of the crime victims’ rights movement.
Ways to Get Involved
You can help raise awareness about victims’ rights and services, highlight special programs, and honor victims through various initiatives throughout the week. Some ways to get involved include:
- Reviewing the history of notable court decisions, groundbreaking studies, the advent of victims’ rights organizations, and the passage of significant federal and state legislation
- Including artwork that commemorates the week on your business and personal social media pages, including awareness posters, theme posters, web art, and theme art
- Showing videos as an introduction to your crime victims’ awareness efforts, for use at a candlelight vigil, and to embed them into your own website
- Viewing the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony on April 23 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Hosting special events that honor crime victims
- Forming new partnerships and multi-disciplinary teams to help crime victims in your community
- Posting notable quotes about crime victims
Crime Victim Help from Parnall Law
If you and your family are crime victims in New Mexico, Parnall Law Firm, LLC is here to help. Justice for crime victims is primarily handled through the criminal system. However, a personal injury case can help you pursue financial compensation for the injuries and losses you have suffered due to the criminal actions of others. Through our victim advocacy efforts, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and other economic and non-economic losses.
Bert Parnall is a drunk driving accident lawyer and former Albuquerque Bulldog who maintains a bulldog-like approach in his aggressive and tenacious pursuit of justice for his clients. Since 1997, he has been helping victims. He is ready to help you, too. Contact us today to get started.
While pursuing a major in history and French at Rice University in the early 1990s, I spent a year studying at La Sorbonne in Paris in 1991. I received my B.A. from Rice University in 1993 and continued to focus on writing — mostly fiction and plays — for a year before entering New Mexico University School of Law. Since then, my team has helped to recover more than $100 million for our clients. Though my firm has grown quickly to fill the legal needs of our community, it has retained its focus on providing excellent service to clients.