Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell proclaims April 21st-April 27th, 2013, as Dallas County Crime Victims’ Rights Week…

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… in hopes of reaching every victim of crime. In his Proclamation before Commissioners Court today, Commissioner Mike Cantrell reiterated the importance of local government to seize the moment in our commitment to a greater awareness for victims’ rights and to providing ongoing support and services.  Nearly 19 million Americans are directly harmed by crime each year, which has a domino effect on the community at large.  Victim assistance programs provide help and support to child victims of violence and sexual abuse; stalking victims; survivors of homicide victims; victims of drunk-driving crashes; and victims of domestic, dating, and sexual violence and other crimes.  Cantrell expressed urgency and called on the community and municipalities to act now, adding “now is the time to embrace new solutions that involve new partnerships with underserved communities and a greater emphasis on learning what works in meeting victims’ needs.” Dallas County is joining forces with victim service providers, criminal justice agencies, and concerned citizens to raise awareness of victims’ rights and observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

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