THE CITY OF TAMPA COMMEMORATES NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK
Old City Hall will shine blue and green
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 24–30, 2022
The City of Tampa and Mayor Jane Castor, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, will light up Old City Hall on April 27 and 28, in blue and green to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.
“Far too often, the voices of crime victims have been left out of the conversations about criminal justice reform when they should be front and center. Unfortunately, anyone can become a victim of crime," Mayor Jane Castor said. "These are our family members, friends, community members and neighbors, and the after effects of trauma can be lasting and serious. Entire neighborhoods can be victimized by the impacts of criminal behavior. Victims have rights, too, and they should always be our top priority in delivering justice and making sure that support services are available.”
Local Resources for Crime Victims
Victim's Assistance Program
Victim Assistance Centers in Hillsborough County, Florida
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
This year’s theme—Rights, access, equity, for all victims— spotlights victim service organizations’ best practices to reach all victims and help them forge new healing pathways.
One of the strategic goals for Tampa Police Chief Mary O'Connor is to provide additional resources to victims of crime, including partnerships with social services.
"By teaming with community partners and social services, crime victims and witnesses receive resources beyond the initial police response," said Tampa Police Chief Mary O'Connor. "This can empower them to find justice."
On Saturday, April 30, Rise Up for Peace and the Tampa Police Department will host a Stop the Violence Family Fun at Al Barnes Park from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., including vendors, food and music.
Additionally, OVC will host the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC, to honor outstanding individuals and programs that serve victims of crime.
For additional information on how to assist crime victims in your own community, please contact the Tampa Police Department.
For additional ideas on how to support victims of crime across the country, visit OVC’s website at www.ovc.ojp.gov.
Old City Hall, located at 315 E. Kennedy Blvd., will light up in blue and green at sunset on April 27 and April 28.