National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 19-25, 2020

Messages from the OVSRS staff to the victim and survivor community

“The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Service are thrilled to celebrate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Although, we will not be able to celebrate in person because of the COVID-19, we still want to commemorate your strength as crime survivors. The victims’ rights movement began through a shared hope for healing, a hope for change, and a hope to be heard. The legacy of commitment and passion lives on today. We remember the movement’s first leaders as we seek justice and inspire hope for the future. Contact our office at 1-877-256-6877 for any further questions, comments, or support.” – Kelsey W.

“With so much change and uncertainty today, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services would like you to know, you are not alone.  We are with you today, tomorrow, always! As we honor National Crime Victims’ Rights week, we also acknowledge your bravery and perseverance.  We celebrate you!” – Antonette R.

“Although the times we are living in prevent us from gathering to bring awareness to the community about victims’ rights, it does not stop us from paying tribute and acknowledging our survivor community. The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is committed to work for you so that you can continue to strive, heal and inspire us with hope and resiliency. The survivors and the victims we work with every day is why we do what we do. We stand with victims, survivors, and their families to make certain the rights of these strong individuals are ensured and exercised.” – Silvia A.

“Despite the COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services (OVSRS) would like to acknowledge victims/survivors and their resiliency even in times like these and come together (at least six feet apart!J) to honor victims and their family members. OVSRS would also like to thank the public for your understanding of how the office is temporarily shifting, how we provide services to the victim community.  Nonetheless, we are still here to help the community and hope we all come together as a society to combat this pandemic.” – Maria F.

“On behalf of the Office of Victim and Survivors Rights and Services, we are honored to join in the observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. These are uncertain times, but never forget how far you have come. Everything you have been through. All the times you have pushed on, even when you felt you could not. In case no one has told you today, you are beautiful! You are loved! You are needed! You are stronger than you think! Our hearts are here for you. We are in this together!” – Kenya D.

“As we celebrate and honor you during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, know that your voice as a victim and survivor still matters during this pandemic. Seeking justice does not stop, ensuring your rights as a victim are still valid, and inspiring one another with hope will continue. As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services will remain dedicated to ensuring you are provided the resources and assistance needed.” – Kharijah W.

“The COVID 19 outbreak is an additional hurdle to safety and support for victims and survivors of crime. During this difficult time and as we honor National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services will continue responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims.” – Carolyn C.

“As Plato once said, “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle”. As the world continues to readjust daily life activities to fight against COVID-19, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services continues to fight for, be there, and help the various populations we serve. We are all in this together.“ – Chamere L.

“This has been a challenging few months for communities across the state due to COVID19. Staying safe and healthy is the number one priority. The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have. Contact our office at 1-877-256-6877 or email victimservices@cdcr.ca.gov. As we observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – we honor and celebrate the journey of those who have been tragically impacted by crime.” – Lana W.

“Refuse to live in fear, refuse to surrender, refuse to quit.
You are a survivor of an incredible trauma that few are faced with.
You overcame this incredible challenge with love, courage, and positivity.
Victims are survivors and are stronger than what many may think.
We celebrate your survivalist mentality during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.” – Robert L.

“As we all face this difficult time in all our lives, we cannot forget that we celebrate and honor the victim and survivor community during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. We hold you all in our hearts and we pray for your everlasting strength of overcoming what you have been through in your lives. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, it is important to practice “self-discipline” in an increasingly challenging time. The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services celebrate you for your endurance, strength and your fight for life! When we gather happily around a source of light, it unites us.  We know that COVID-19 will not overcome us.” – Estee C.

“Thank you so much for being patient and cooperative during these stressful and unforeseen times. The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is working diligently, nonstop, day and night, to ensure you and your family’s rights and needs are not being overshadowed or forgotten.  As we honor the victim and survivor community during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, know that we care wholeheartedly for you and hope you and your loved ones are well and safe during these times.” – Tara T.

“The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is honored to join local, state and national advocacy organizations in the observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. During these tough times, it is important to know that state services remain open and available for the public.  If you are a victim in the state of California, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is ready and able to assist with any questions or concerns regarding your case including notification services for offenders in state prison. As we deal with this pandemic, stay home, stay safe, and know we are happy to help in any way that we can.” – Miguel C.

“Although the world is suffering, people continue to rise above the situation. These times can be rough, but we will overcome and persevere. As victims, there will be days that you feel defeated by the uncertainty of what is going on but there is light at the end of the tunnel. During the COVID-19 crisis the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is here for you and will assist you in every way we can. As we acknowledge National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – we honor the victim and survivor community for your strength, journey and healing.” – Ashmeer S.

“The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services joins in the observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Challenges are what makes life interesting – overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. We will overcome this pandemic together. Let us stay positive, patient and strong.” –Adrianna G.

“On behalf of the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services, we hope you and your families stay safe during these unprecedented times. As we honor the victim and survivor community during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – know that our department will continue to work tirelessly to help and assist those in need. We will get through this together, stay strong.” – Julian B.

“What has happened may not easily be forgotten.  But always remember there are brighter days ahead to look forward too.

You are not just surviving – you are winning. As we acknowledge National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is committed to promoting, advocating and upholding the rights of victims and survivors.” – Elwina R.

“In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services want to assure victims and their families that they are not forgotten. During this challenging time, we remain steadfast in our commitment to service crime victims of California and will continue to support victims in their struggle to overcome the overwhelming impact that has affected their life.” – Kristine F.

“The Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services would like you to know we are here for you during these unsettling times when things are changing and we are walking into the unknown. During COVID-19, our office remains steadfast and devoted to the victim and survivor community.  As we observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and pay tribute to those impacted by crime, we want you to know we are all in this together!” – Jennie V.

“The Office of Victim and Survivors Rights Services (OVSRS) continues to provide all resources available without interruption to the victim and survivor community during these difficult times. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has put measures in place to assure compliance with all mandated requirements to lessen the COVID 19 effects. For assistance, contact OVSRS at 1-877-256-6877 or via email at victimservices@cdcr.ca.gov.

“Seek Justice | Ensure Victims’ Rights | Inspire Hope” Stay safe and healthy!” – Leticia E.

“As we approach National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) this April 19-25, 2020, the Office of Victim and Survivors Rights (OVSRS) asks for your patience and an understanding during COVID-19, which has affected us all. During this time and as we observe NCVRW, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services will continue to provide all services available without disruption to the victim and survivor community.” – Luz R.

“Due to the unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is not able to host our annual National Crime Victim Rights Week event in honor of the victim and survivor community. However, we are still here for you. During these difficult times, we want to reassure you that our office remains available to address your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact our office at 1 (877) 256-6877 or email at victimservices@cdcr.ca.gov.” – Marisol C.

“As we continue working through these difficult times, please know that the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is working to continue providing information and resources to the victim and survivor community. As we observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and honor those who have been a victim of an act of violence – we encourage you to Stay strong, Stay positive, Stay focused and we will all rise together stronger than before.” – Michael R.

“During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we acknowledge all the accomplishments made to support the rights of victims in California. During this time of uncertainty as we deal with COVID-19, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services is here to provide reassurance and assistance to you and your families. We thank you for your resilience and are here for you during this time.” – Erika H. 

“Together, we are all facing an unforeseen situation. The global COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on all families, businesses, and communities. Our hearts and condolences go out to individuals and families affected by the virus.

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services acknowledge and honors the victim and survivor community – We are here for you and will continue to assist and provide resources to those in need.” – Jerod D.