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  Reaching Out to Victims During National Victims of Crime Awareness Week

Apr 08, 2014 11:17 ET

Raising awareness for victims of crime is the focus of a week-long campaign by the Canadian government. “Taking Action” is the theme of the ninth annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (NVCAW), which runs from April 6 – 12.

Durham Regional Police partners with Victim Services of Durham Region, a community-based, not-for-profit program funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ontario Victim Services, to provide emotional support and practical assistance to victims of crime and tragic circumstance.

In Canada, Victim Services agencies play an important role in helping people heal. Acting on the front line, agencies such as Victim Services of Durham Region, seek to help rebalance the negative impacts of violence by empowering and supporting victims on their journey to recovery.

From infants to the elderly, violence affects people in all stages of life. NVCAW is helping to raise awareness of the services available to our citizens.

Being a victim of crime can have many different effects on people: financial, emotional and physical. Jade Harper, Executive Director of Victim Services of Durham Region, reached out to local media outlets to help raise awareness for citizens of Durham so they know there are resources available to them. Jade is promoting the campaign in various forums such as:

  • A commercial and interviews with Dan Carter on CHEX TV, Channel 12.
  • Radio advertisements on Durham Radio.
  • Guest appearance on "Seniors Talk with Sgt. John" on Rogers TV.
  • Participation at the NVCAW kick-off event, being held on April 7, 2014, in Ottawa, ON.
    *Check your local listings for specific times.

    DRP would like to encourage anyone who has been a victim of a crime, or if you know someone who has, to please contact Victim Services of Durham Region at victimservices@drps.ca for assistance and/or advice.

    Please visit NVCAW website for more information.

    Below are attached files.
    victim thumb (JPG file, 39.9K bytes)
    Victim Services of Durham Region Executive Director Jade Harper with Justice Minister Peter MacKay  (JPG file, 107.1K bytes)
    Prime Minister Steve Harper announces proposed changes to the Victim's Bill of Rights (JPG file, 129.6K bytes)
    Taking Action Poster (JPG file, 1,490.5K bytes)