National Crime Victims Rights Week

Hubbard House, the certified domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, will be observing April 18-24, 2010 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Each April since 1981, throughout the country National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has been observed with the goal of promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

This year’s theme is Crime Victim’s Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.  The theme captures the ideals that inspired the victims’ rights movement. Not so long ago victims were being excluded from courtrooms and blamed for their victimization, realities that unfortunately still exists for many victims.

Every year there are over 1.3 million victims of domestic violence in the United States.

National Crime Victims’ Right Week serves as a call for action, an urgent summons for fairness, dignity, and respect for all victims of crime.

For more information on National Crime Victims’ Right Week events in our community, visit: http://www.coj.net/Departments/Central+Operations/Public+Information/Headlines/04142010_VAAC.htm

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please contact the Hubbard House hotline at (904) 354-3114 or 1 (800) 500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Hubbard House is a nationally recognized leader in domestic violence intervention. Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

By Rachel Esser

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