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4/19/2012 9:50:00 PM
Crime Victims' Rights Week focuses on helping rebuild lives
Special to the Courier

Every year, millions become victims of crime, suffering physical, emotional and financial losses. Next week during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, many people will continue to reach out and help victims rebuild their lives, said Prescott Police Lt. Andy Reinhardt.

Last year, 19 million crimes occurred in the United States and victims' rights groups have tried to reach each and every victim, Reinhardt said. Many of those outstanding programs and individuals serving crime victims will be honored during an April 20 ceremony at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

Since the victims' rights movement emerged more than 30 years ago, each state has enacted victims' rights laws and created victim compensation funds. Thirty-two states have enacted constitutional amendments related to victim rights, and more than 10,000 victim service agencies have been created.

Victims' rights are not universal and are often unenforced. Current research indicates that only 20 percent of victims actually receive compensation and needed services such as counseling, housing, transportation or legal assistance, and most of those are victims of violent crimes.

Anyone who would like to learn how to help victims of crime, please call the Prescott Police Department's Support Services Section at 928-777-1967 or browse the Internet for agencies serving residents of Yavapai County.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012
Article comment by: Yavapai County Victim Services is the best

They can be contacted at 928-771-3485 and are a great resource in helping victims navigate the criminal justice system and providing resources and community referrals. They also have a volunteer program for those interested in supporting victims.

Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

Yes, don't forget the actual Advocates from the County as well

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