The week of April 6 – April 12, 2014 will commemorate Maryland Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Each year during this time, victim service providers, justice professionals, and community advocates across the state come together to reflect upon milestones of the past year and rededicate their efforts towards the furtherance of victims’ rights.
On April 3, 2014 The Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards Luncheon was held to recognize those who have worked tirelessly demonstrating commitment to the cause.
Throughout Maryland, regional Memorial Services were held on April 6, 2014 to honor lives that were lost to crime.
Throughout the week, the Maryland State Board of Victim Services sponsored several events which began on April 6, 2014. The Annual Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards Luncheon was held on April 3, 2014 and the 25th Annual Crime Victims Memorial Services was held 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 Victims’ Rights Week event, please contact: Kimberly Gunishaw at 410-837-5938.
The 2014 Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards Luncheon was held this year on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The awards program is designed to show appreciation and recognition to any individual, agency, organization or group who does meritorious work on behalf of crime victims or in furtherance of the crime victims’ movement in Maryland. The award recognizes outstanding work done in the area of victim advocacy and services that exceeds expected work and exemplifies a high-level of commitment and dedication to the field of victims’ rights and services and to the victims themselves. These awards covered the period from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Members of the State Board of Victim Services serving on the Governor’s Victim Assistance Awards Committee will review the nominations and notify each of you with a final decision by early March 2014.
Four annual statewide memorial services of hope and remembrance to honor Maryland’s murdered and missing crime victims was held this year in Baltimore City, Calvert, Worcester and Montgomery Counties. The annual Memorial Service entitled “The Love a Heart Holds Dear” 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 26th Annual Memorial Services for Crime Victims and Their Families to be held in April 2015, please complete the Crime Victim Registration Form, available in English and en español, and mail it to:
MVOC Program Assistant
Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention
University of Baltimore School of Criminal Justice
10 W. Preston Street, Room 513
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Download Maryland's Comprehensive State Crime Control and Prevention Plan for 2012 – 2014 below: