Agency hopes to raise awareness for victim’s rights


LIMA — Area Agency on Aging 3, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 7–13), is hoping to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.

The Office for Victims of Crime leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme – Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future – encourages commemoration, honor and respect toward crime victim advocates, allied professionals and selfless volunteers who have courageously worked for increased rights for crime victims. The theme also invites us to look toward a future of inclusive, accessible, and innovative resources and services for survivors.

“We are grateful to be able to spotlight the need for assistance for those that have been victims of crime,” said Jacqi Bradley, chief executive officer for the Area Agency on Aging 3. “With older adults and people with disabilities, we unfortunately see these individuals become victims and are trying to help in any way we can. The National Crime Victims’ Right Week really helps us bring the message to the fore front and get information out utilizing social media, our website, the media, and other forms of communication.”

For additional information on National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to assist, contact Area Agency on Aging 3 at 419-222-7723 or visit Area Agency on Aging 3’s website at www.aaa3.org. For additional ideas on how to support victims of crime, visit OVC’s website at www.ovc.gov.

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