GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It’s not always easy for victims of crime to get the support they need.
In the state of North Carolina, there is a big need for trauma counselors. Since the coronavirus pandemic, there’s been an uptick in domestic violence and human trafficking.
“Unfortunately what we have found is that all across the country the infrastructure needs to be strengthened in order to get services out in place to the victims,” says Beverly Weeks with Cry Freedom Missions.
Victims of crimes can fall into dangerous situations if they have no guidance. That’s why it’s critical when someone says they’ve been victimized to get them connected with the right services.
The more communities discuss what victims have to go through, the better. Melinda Sampson works with NC Stop Human Trafficking. She explains, “All of these conversations are really hard for people to have. These conversations need to be normalized, they need to be more open in the community to talk about it.’
If you know a victim of a crime, experts say to never blame the victim.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) — Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed this week (April 18-24) as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in North Carolina.
Coinciding with the 40th Annual National Crime Victims’ Week, the NC Department of Public Safety Office of Victim Services and affiliated agencies will show support for the victims and survivors of crime throughout the state.
The theme for this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.” Purple is a key color for this year’s theme, and the public is encouraged to wear the color to raise awareness of victims’ rights and to highlight the important work of those who support victims of crime as part of our #WearPurple campaign.
On Friday and Saturday night, April 23-24, buildings across the state will #ShineTheLight, glowing purple to support this cause and close out the week’s activities.
Department of Public Safety leadership and staff are committed to engaging in responsible, meaningful discussions about crime and violence here in North Carolina. It’s vital that we continue to acknowledge our unwavering support for victims of crime in that dialogue, and I urge all citizens to do the same.DPS Chief Deputy Secretary Cassandra Skinner Hoekstra
The virtual and in-person activities taking place throughout the week include:
April 19 – 23 #WearPurple throughout the week to show support!
DPS is encouraging the public to wear purple throughout the week and
post selfies on social media using the hashtags #WearPurple and #NCVRW2021
April 20 N.C. Victim Services Interagency Council Ceremony
10:45 a.m. Follow link to register for this virtual event.
April 20-22 Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Carolina 4th Annual Symposium
Taking Child Abuse Interventions to New Heights
April 21 N.C. Victim Assistance Network Memorial Garden Ceremony
10 a.m. Virtual event Featuring Keynote Speaker Ms. Deanna Walters
from the award-winning documentary “Private Violence”
Follow Link to Register
April 22 House Rules Chairman Rep. Destin Hall and Sen. Bob Steinberg
Legislative members will make remarks on their respective chamber floors
April 23 National Crime Victims’ Service Award Ceremony
3-4 p.m. Livestream Registration required – Follow Link to register
April 23-24 #ShineTheLightNC
Buildings around the state including the state Capitol and North Carolina
Executive Mansion in Raleigh will be showing their support for victims of
crime by lighting up their exterior purple. Again, we encourage the public to
share photos of these buildings on social media using the hashtags
#ShineTheLight and #NCVRW2021
The schedule can also be found on the Office of Victim Services section of the Department of Public Safety website at https://www.ncdps.gov/dps-services/victim-services.