Guest Editorial: "Crime Victims' Rights Week"

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Every year, millions of people have their lives changed forever by crime. They are our family, neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Crime victims often struggle to work, pay bills, or support their loved ones. Many have life-changing injuries and need long-term care and support.

April 6-12 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The theme—30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice— honors the extraordinary achievements we have made on behalf of crime victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984. It's a time we can all reach out to crime victims, listen to what they need, and help them rebuild their lives.

Thousands of programs provide services and sanctuary to crime victims throughout the United States. We want to recognize those programs that help restore dignity and respect to crime victims. The programs provide two general types of services—compensation and assistance—for victims of crimes such as homicide, sexual violence, elder abuse, drug abuse violations, domestic violence, human trafficking, child abuse and neglect, etc.

For additional information, please contact the US Attorney's Office/MDAL Victim Witness Unit at (334)223-7280 or visit

Delivered by: U.S. Attorney Middle District of Alabama, George Beck

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