Every year, millions of people’s lives are impacted by crime. Many will need ongoing care and resources as they return to work, pay bills, or support their loved ones. The Dakota County Attorney’s Office observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) every April by recognizing the progress that has been made, raising awareness of victims’ rights and services, and standing with our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by crime.
This year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary responses and building the capacity of individuals, service providers, and communities to respond to crime and support the ongoing healing of victims and survivors. Join us as we resolve to build stronger supports to ensure all victims are treated with compassion and respect and receive the justice they deserve. Be the difference-Speak up-Listen-Empower-Respond-React-Reach out. We all have a role.
In Dakota County, the County Attorney’s Office declared its commitment to crime victims in 1977, when it established a Victim/Witness Assistance Program. Since that time, tens of thousands of victims have received non-judgmental support, case specific information, and guidance through the criminal justice system in Dakota County. These services assist victims in recovering from the harm caused by crime and are offered at no cost. Crime Victims’ Rights Week provides an excellent opportunity to honor our history, celebrate our accomplishments, and recommit ourselves to our mission.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom commented: "Seeking justice on behalf of victims of crime and helping those victims recover from the trauma and loss they have suffered are two of the most important responsibilities of any prosecutor’s office."
If you or someone you know has been a victim of crime, help is available. For more information regarding crime victims’ rights or other services, contact Kelly Nicholson, Victim Witness Supervisor, Dakota County Attorney’s Office at 651-438-4471, toll free at 1-877-396-6382, or the Dakota County Attorney’s website at Dakota County Attorney.