Attorney General Fox Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14

Attorney General Fox Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox, in observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 8-14, has taped a video message to raise awareness of the availability of victim resources and services through his Office of Victim Services.

“This week, let’s celebrate progress achieved, raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, and stand with our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by crime,” Attorney General Tim Fox said.  “Let’s show victims they’re not alone. Reach out, listen, and support them as they recover. Contact my Office of Victim Services to learn how you or someone you know can get help finding resources and support.”

According to data from the Crime Control Bureau, more than 34,000 Montanans were the victims of crime last year; over 2,700 of them were young people.  Additionally, more than 270 Montanans were victims of aggravated partner or family member assault.

“National Crime Victims’ Rights Week provides an opportunity to recommit to ensuring that all victims of crime receive a trauma-informed response,” Attorney General Fox added.  “The Montana Department of Justice is dedicated to strengthening victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime, and to pursuing justice for all victims and survivors not just during this week, but throughout the year.”

Attorney General Fox also announced he’s seeking nominations for his annual Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate Award.  Any Montanan working with crime victims is eligible, including law enforcement personnel, domestic violence advocates, shelter staff, probation and parole officers, first responders, SANE nurses, judges, attorneys, and volunteers.  Nominations are due by April 20; an application is available here.

Since 1993, the Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate Award has been coordinated by the Attorney General’s Office of Victim Services.  For a list of previous winners, click here.  For more information about the nomination process, contact Eric Parsons in the Office of Victim Services at (406) 444-1907 or [email protected].

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