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Douglasville, GA - On April 2, 2019 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners proclaimed April 7-13 National Crime Victim's Rights Week. The proclamation says this week celebrates the energy, perseverance, and commitment that launched the victim's rights movement, inspired its progress, and continues to advance the cause of justice for crime victims.

No matter a person's age, national origin, race, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, or economic status, crime can leave a lasting impact. Incorporating Douglas County's existing experts and trusted sources of support into endeavors to fully serve survivors will develop a criminal justice system response that is truly accessible and appropriate for all victims of crime.

Survivors will be able to feel empowered to face their grief, loss, fear, anger, and hope without fear of judgement by having unwavering support from their communities and victim service providers. They will be able to feel understood, heard, and respected. Honoring the rights of victims including their rights to be heard and to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect and working to meet their needs rebuilds their trust in criminal justice.

National Crime Victim's Rights Week gives an opportunity to recommit to ensuring that all victims of crime especially those who are challenging to reach or serve are offered appropriate services in the aftermath of crime. Douglas County District Attorney's Office is dedicated to strengthening victims and survivors in the aftermath of crime. They are dedicated to building resilience in our communities and our victim responders, and working for a better future for all victims and survivors.

Therefore the week of April 7-13, 2019 is proclaimed as Crime Victim's Week to reaffirm this county's commitment to creating a victim service and criminal justice response that will assist all victims of crime during the week and also throughout the year. This week also expresses Douglas County's sincere gratitude and appreciation for community members, victim service providers, and criminal justice professionals who are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice, and peace.

For more information, you can contact Rick Martin, Director of Douglas County Communications and Community Relations Department at 770-920-7303 or David Emadi, Chief Assistant District Attorney, 770-920-7292.

Photo: Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Douglas County District Attorneys Staff

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