2019 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Kicks Off at IX Art Park
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - U.S. attorneys, law enforcement, activists and so many others gathered together on Sunday at IX Art Park to bring awareness to crime victims' rights.
"I’m surprised at the number of people who don't know what resources, one, are available but what they're fellow citizens do on a day to day basis,” said Ron Huber, U.S. Attorney’s Office.
That reason alone is why so many agencies are doing their part at making sure more people know services within the community.
“Sometimes we realize that our community tends to be reactive to situations and what we're trying to do is be proactive, get out in front of it. To let people know what their resources are,” said Sheri Owen, with SARA.
The event was part of National Crime Victims' Week hosted by the Jefferson Area Victim Assistance Coalition. Hundreds of people went out to IX Art Park on Sunday afternoon to interact with others, play games and enjoy food.
“At the shelter, we assist victims of domestic violence. We also assist those who are fleeing the situation or who are still actively in the situation,” said Shaniece Bradford, a rural legal advocate.
"We have to watch out for each other. We have to watch out for our children who are online, potential victims of crime. We have to watch out for our elders,” said Huber. "The more that they're educated, the more that we're educated, the less likely we'll see them in our office and the extent that we can do that proactive work the better off we all are."
Organizers said if you're looking for resources, it’s best to visit your area Commonwealth's Attorney’s Office, sheriff's office or police department.