In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 19-25), more than 20 national victim and survivor organizations announced shared policy priorities for the next decade yesterday in Washington, DC.
The six policy priorities were identified late last fall at a convening of leaders in the crime victims and survivors advocacy field. The broad collection of national victim and survivor advocacy organizations that met to develop the priorities included advocates for homicide survivors; human trafficking victims; elder victims; victims of drunk driving; victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; victims of campus violence; victims of color; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender victims of violence; and many more.
The collaborating organizations committed to using their combined energies over the next decade to:
- Ensure that amounts collected for the Crime Victims Fund are released for their intended purpose, at levels necessary to meet the needs of crime victims and reduce the impact of victimization on individuals and society.
- Reform crime victim compensation to increase benefits, improve access, reduce barriers, and promote standardization across jurisdictions.
- Incorporate racial justice concerns in victim and survivor advocacy efforts.
- Protect the physical safety, emotional well-being, and financial security of all crime victims and witnesses.
- Pursue justice for all crime victims by continuing to reform our justice systems to increase transparency, ensure that victims’ voices are heard, and provide meaningful accountability.
- Promote fair and thoughtful roles for institutions in preventing and responding to victimization.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline and our partners invite others at the national, state, tribal and local levels to read the report and sign on at www.victimsofcrime.org.