Please join the Union County Prosecutor’s Office in honoring the survivors of crime this week during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19–25, 2020. This commemorative week, established by the US Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, is a time to recognize and reflect on those impacted by crime, the tragic loss of life, and the strength and triumphant spirit of the vast network of survivors.
Based on data from the most recent National Crime Victimization Survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, roughly 3.3 million Americans 12 and older were victims of violent crime in 2018. This year’s theme—Seek Justice | Ensure Victims’ Rights | Inspire Hope—recognizes the individuals and groups whose advocacy has propelled the victims’ rights movement forward for the past half century, inspiring in victims and their loved ones a feeling of hope for progress, justice, and healing.
In marking the week, Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo thanked “the men and women of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Union County law enforcement community for their efforts to reduce crime, to seek justice, and to ensure that all victims of crime are treated with respect and dignity.” Prosecutor Ruotolo noted that, “over the last year, our Assistant Prosecutors, Detectives, and Victim Witness Advocates worked tirelessly to support the needs of countless victims, all while striving to achieve justice in over six thousand cases.”
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office encourages all of our communities to participate in this National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and in victim-related observances throughout the year. For additional information about this National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to assist victims in your own community, please contact the Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s Office of Victim/Witness Advocacy at 908-527-4956 or online at https://ucnj.org/prosecutor/departments/victimwitness-unit/.