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Attorney General's Office Receives Grant to Promote Awareness of Crime Victims' Rights and Services

Thursday, 02 14, 2013

Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his Office of Victims Advocacy has received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to promote community awareness of crime victims' rights and services during National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 21-27, 2013.

General Conway's Office was selected to receive a $5,000 grant after consideration of nearly 170 Community Awareness Project applications from across the country. The grant will be used for the annual Kentucky Crime Victims Assistance Conference April 22-23 and a Crime Victims' Rights Day rally on May 13, 2013.

"The support from OVC for our 2013 National Crime Victims' Rights Week activities will help us ensure that Kentucky's crime victims are aware of the important services available to them as they seek justice and healing," General Conway said. "My office is committed to providing service and support to Kentucky's crime victims and to ensuring that their voices are heard."

National Crime Victims' Rights Week is an annual observance that seeks to increase general public awareness of, and knowledge about, the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2013 National Crime Victims' Rights Week is "New Challenges. New Solutions."

"Recent studies show that too many crime victims and survivors do not avail themselves of the many services in our communities that can help them through very devastating experiences," said Joye Frost, Acting Director of OVC. "National Crime Victims' Rights Week is our opportunity to support public awareness of crime victims' rights and the critical, often life-saving, services provided by thousands of programs across our nation to help crime victims."

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is a non-profit organization that represents the 56 state agencies that distribute funds from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to more than 4,000 direct victim assistance service providers. All of the funds for VOCA programs come from criminal fines and other penalties paid by federal criminal offenders and not from taxpayer dollars.

General Conway's Office of Victims Advocacy (OVA) provided resource referrals to approximately 4,300 victims, victim advocates, service providers and the general public in 2012. OVA also trained more than 300 victim advocates, prosecutors and law enforcement through the Victims Assistance Conference and the Child Interview Approaches training.

Additionally, the Office of Victims Advocacy administers and monitors the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, which funds child sexual abuse prevention programs and oversees the tax check-off and license plate projects for the Child Victims' Trust Fund.

Save the Date!

The 2013 Kentucky Victims Assistance Conference will be held April 22-23 at the Clarion Hotel in Lexington, Ky. Keynote speakers include Anne Seymour, co-founder and senior advisor of the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit Justice Solutions, specializing in criminal and juvenile justice, crime victims' rights and services, and community safety, as well as Dr. Earl L. Suttle, internationally recognized motivational speaker and executive coach. Dr. Earl's mission statement is "empowerment through education and enthusiasm."

The 2013 Crime Victims' Rights Day rally will be held at noon on May 13, 2013 at the Kentucky Victims of Homicide Memorial at Resthaven Memorial Park, 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY.

For information about national efforts to promote 2013 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov .