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    Crime Victims’ Rights Week

    What:        Annual Recognition of Crime Victims’ Rights WeekNational Crime Victims' Rights Week. Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims. April 19 - 25, 2015.

    When:       3 p.m., WEDNESDAY, April 22

    Where:      The Women’s Center, 1723 Hemphill, Fort Worth

    Who:         Roy Charles Brooks, Tarrant County Commissioners for Pct. 1
                     Lori Clarida, LMSW, Tarrant County Coalition of Crime Victim Services
                     Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney
                     Maggie Eckhardt, PhD., LPC, The Women’s Center


    The Tarrant County Coalition of Crime Victim Services was formed in 1987 by service providers and law enforcement agencies who were concerned with crime victims and their families.  

    This year’s theme — “Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims” — provides an opportunity to recommit ourselves to extending our reach through a victim-centered approach.  By engaging community leaders and organizations in the work to support crime victims, we provide new avenues for victims and enhance our ability to serve them.

    Before this historic legislation was enacted, the world was very different for crime victims, their families, and communities.  Local service providers who could meet victims’ needs for support, counseling, or shelter were few.  The criminal justice system too often failed to recognize victims’ need to be included in the justice process.  Crime victim compensation programs were not consistently available and had no source of federal support.

    Thirty years is not an invitation to rest on three decades of progress – although much has been accomplished – but a reminder of the work still before us all to restore the balance of justice to all those harmed by crime

    For more information, please contact Lori Clarida, the victim assistance coordinator of Tarrant County sheriff's office, at 817-884-3697.

    News release date: April 22, 2015