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April 8 – 14 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

South Dakota Department of Social Services
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501

For Immediate Release:  Monday, April 9, 2018
Media Contact:  Tia Kafka, 605-773-3165

April 8 – 14 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Social Services (DSS) is commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by raising awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights, and introducing the community to the important resources and services available.

In state fiscal year 2017, DSS Victims’ Services funded programs throughout the state that provided services to over 13,000 victims.   

“Everyone has the right to be protected and feel safe,” said Department of Social Services Secretary Lynne Valenti. “If you have been a victim of a violent crime or have a family member who was victimized, there are services and supports available to you throughout the state.”

This year’s theme, “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims,” emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services and addresses how those who work with crime victims can better ensure every crime victim has access to services and supports. It also highlights how professionals, organizations and communities can work together to reach all victims.

DSS, along with the Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice, encourage widespread participation in National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and other victim-related observances throughout the year.

The Victims’ Services Program provides funding to programs that offer shelter, advocacy, crisis counseling and other victims’ services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and other violent crimes. For more information about Victims’ Services, please visit our website at dss.sd.gov/keyresources/victimservices/.