DPD and Equality Texas kick off National Crime Victims’ Week
Every April, the Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). The Dallas Police Department (DPD) joined forces with the statewide LGBT organization, Equality Texas, on April 11, to kick off the week and bring attention to hate crimes in Dallas.
NCVRW’s 2016 theme is—Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The theme underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore hope for healing and recovery.
“The Dallas Police Department is proud to partner with Equality Texas for this kickoff to National Crime Victims’ Week,” said DPD’s Major Max Geron. “We support their efforts to bring attention to LGBT victims of crime.”
Sheriff Lupe Valdez, members of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk, Dallas City Council Member Adam Medrano and recent victims of hate crimes were also in attendance at the kickoff event.