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‘See something, say something’: April 6 begins crime victims week in Bedford

Friday, April 4, 2014

The week beginning Sunday, April 6, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

The Bedford Police Department in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Victims of Crimes is offering information to anyone who has been a victim or knows someone who has been a victim of a crime. Commemorating this week-long event, the department plans to promote its community policing philosophy of, “See Something, Say Something!”

The Bedford Police Department will host a moment of silence event for the victims of crimes in support of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The moment of silence is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the Bedford Safety Complex, 55 Constitution Drive. All are invited to come and pay their respects.

Americans are victims of more than 22 million crimes each year, and these crimes also affect family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Crimes can leave a lasting physical, emotional or financial impact on people of all ages and abilities, and of all economic, racial and social backgrounds.

In 1984, the Crime Victims Fund was established by the Victims of Crime Act to provide a permanent source of support for crime victim services and compensation through fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders. The Crimes Victims Fund today supports thousands of victim assistance programs who provide help and support to child victims of violence and sexual abuse, stalking victims, survivors of homicide victims, victims of drunk-driving crashes, and victims of domestic, dating and sexual violence and other crimes.

If you have been a victim of a crime and would like resources for yourself or family members, you may contact your local agency for assistance. If you have been or know someone who has been a victim of child sexual abuse, you may reach out to the Child Help line at 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453). If you have been or know someone who has been a victim of financial exploitation/elderly fraud, you may reach out to the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116 or the National Adult Protective Services Association at www.napsa-now.org. If you have been or know someone who has been a victim of domestic violence, you may reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE or www.thehotline.org or the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 866-331-9474 or www.loveisrespect.org.

The Bedford Police Department is committed to victims’ rights and needs during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year. The department has expressed appreciation for crime survivors who have turned personal tragedy into a motivating force to improve our response to victims and build a more just community.

For more information regarding the National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, refer to www.ovc.gov/ncvrw2014 or contact the Bedford Police Department at 472-5113.

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