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Crisis Center Receives a National Community Awareness Project Funding

March 08, 2015

The Crisis Center is pleased and honored to announce that the 5th annual The Clothesline Project has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The week of April 19 – 25, 2015, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.”

The Clothesline Project is the event that won the Community Awareness Project support. Now in its 5th year it will take place on Saturday, April 25 from 11 am to 3 pm at the State Street Downtown Center (Farmer’s Market). The Clothesline Project is an event to create awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence, celebrates those who have survived and remembers those who have lost their lives to violence. The Crisis Center hopes to empower victims by bringing together a community of supporters engaged in ending violence against women.

“The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims,” Della McGuire said. “Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year.”

For additional information about 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services at The Crisis Center please contact Della McGuire, (276) 466-2218 or visit our Web site at www.crisiscenterinc.org. For information about national efforts to promote 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at http://www.ovc.gov.

The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is a non-profit organization that represents the 56 state agencies that distributes money from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims Fund to more than 4,000 direct victim assistance service providers. The money in the Crime Victims Fund comes from fines collected from offenders convicted of federal crimes and not from U.S. taxpayers.