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National Crime Victims' Rights WeekNational Crime Victims’ Rights Week

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is being observed nationwide April 10–16, 2011. The theme for 2011—"Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past"—acknowledges the contributions that victim service providers have made toward meeting tomorrow’s public safety challenges and pays tribute to our nation’s crime victims.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead NCVRW efforts throughout the country and hosts two prelude events in the Nation’s Capital to kick off the week. Both events are free and open to the public, and online registration is now available.

This year’s National Observance and Candlelight Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011. Judy Shepard, mother of hate crime victim Matthew Shepard and President and Cofounder of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, will be the featured speaker.

The National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Recognition Ceremony will take place on Friday, April 8, 2011. During this annual ceremony, OVC recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services.

In addition to these events, OVC provides resource materials to help communities and victim assistance providers promote NCVRW. Additional information is available online.

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