Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               April 24, 2007               

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Joins 2007 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Observance: “Victims’ Rights:  Every Victim, Every Time”

                       

(Columbus) – Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) Director Terry J. Collins and his staff will join in recognizing April 22-28, 2007 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.  Numerous events, such as victim impact presentations, fundraisers and other community service projects to support efforts to assist crime victims, are being held across the state. DRC Office of Victim Services (OVS) staff are speaking at victims’ rights events throughout the State and many other DRC staff are participating in activities honoring victims.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is a time for all to learn about victimization, reflect on the cost of crime to our society, and honor those impacted by violent crime.  It is estimated that nearly 24 million Americans are harmed by crime each year. The National theme this year, “Victims’ Rights: Every Victim, Every Time” reflects the Department’s own commitment to providing the most informative, honest, and sensitive services to all victims of crime.

“The Department realizes the importance of embracing survivors of crime and allowing their voices to be heard”, said DRC Director Terry J. Collins.  “Survivors of crime have been receiving assistance from DRC since the late 1980’s and the services have been greatly enhanced over the years. Our Office of Victim Services provides crisis intervention, advocacy, education and prevention programs for survivors and lends compassionate support to victims during their times of need,” stated Collins.  

OVS provides community referrals and assistance related to offenders under the Department’s jurisdiction. In addition, OVS notifies victims of the status of offenders in prison or under supervision of the Adult Parole Authority.  OVS has other programs in place to improve the lives of victims as well as to increase accountability on the part of offenders. 

If you would like to find out more about the Office of Victim Services or register to be notified of an offender’s status, contact OVS at (888) 842-8464 or at DRC.Victim.Services@ODRC.state.oh.us.  Victim registration is also available at www.drc.state.oh.us 

For more information, please contact the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150.