The week of April 6 – April 12, 2014 will commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Each year during this time, victim service providers, justice professionals, and community advocates across the county come together to reflect upon milestones of the past year and rededicate their efforts towards the furtherance of victims’ rights. Throughout Maryland, regional events are held to honor lives that were lost to crime and to recognize others who have worked tirelessly demonstrating commitment to the cause.
Throughout the week, the Maryland State Board of Victim Services will sponsor several events which will begin on April 6, 2014. The Annual Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards Luncheon will be on April 3, 2014 and the 25th Annual Crime Victims Memorial Services will be on April 6, 2014.
Calendar of Events for National Crime Victims Rights Week in Maryland will be posted in the Spring of 2014.
If you have a question or would like to speak with someone about these events or any other Maryland State Board of Victim Services sponsored Crime Victim Rights Week event, please contact:
410-821-2840/Toll Free 1-877-687-9004
Four annual statewide memorial services of hope and remembrance to honor Maryland's murdered and missing crime victims were held this year in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Dorchester, and Frederick Counties on Sunday, April 21. The annual Memorial Service entitled “Something Beautiful Remains” united families and friends of crime victims, victim service professionals, and public officials. The memorial services were sponsored by the Maryland State Board of Victim Services and the State’s Attorney’s Offices in each of the four regions.
Each year, the services mark the beginning of Maryland’s observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and feature inspirational speakers, musical performances, and quiet reflection. Family members and advocate volunteers read the names of over 2,000 Maryland homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and missing crime victims.
To register for the 25th Annual Memorial Services for Crime Victims and Their Families to be held in 2014, please complete the Crime Victim Registration Form and mail it to:
State Victim Services Coordinator
Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention
300 E. Joppa Road, Suite 1105
Baltimore, MD 20286
On behalf of the Maryland State Board of Victim Services, it was truly an honor to participate in this year's Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards and First Annual Commemorative Day Luncheon on April 3rd at the Annapolis DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Congratulations to those individuals and agencies who received an award this year. They have been recognized for their dedication and hard work providing services and support to Maryland’s victims of crime. They are all deserving individuals who make helping people a priority in their lives and are vitally important in our communities.
This year Governor Martin O’Malley honored Roberta and Vincent Roper with a proclamation declaring April 3rd as Crime Victim and Advocate Commemorative Day, thanking them for their dedication to improving rights and services for crime victims. Now, we celebrate Vincent Roper’s life and thank him for the selfless hero he always was not only for crime victims, but for humanity. For those of you fortunate to have met or known Vince, he was a man with a great heart and had “the gift” of making everyone he came in contact with feel good about themselves.
Once again, congratulations!
Anne Marie Litecky, State Victim Services Coordinator
Download the 2012 GOCCP Annual Report in PDF form below:
Download Maryland's Comprehensive State Crime Control and Prevention Plan for 2012 – 2014 below: