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Victims' Rights Week




Every year in April, the Office of Vicitm of Crime helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW). The weeklong initiative promotes victims' rights and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

NCVRW will be commemorated April 2-8, 2017, and this year's theme-Strength. Resilience. Justice. Reflects this vision of the future. One in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.

Victim Assistance will join thousands of fellow advocates across the country spread awareness about the importance of victim's rights. Join us for a gourmet lunch and learn how Marsy's law has swept the nation and is gaining momentum in Ohio.


            Key Note: David Voth, Crime Victim Services | Lima | Ohio

2010 Congressional Award recipient for outstanding victim service work


            When: April 5, 2017    |     Where: Portage Country Club       |      Time: Doors open at 11:30 a.m  |    Program: Begins promptly at noon.

                                                                                 Contact: Jan Apisa     |    Phone: 330.376.0040 




About Victims' Rights Week

For the past four decades, victim services across the county have witnessed the creation of victim rights legislation. For every new piece of legislation, there is hope that one day the laws of our criminal justice system will provide balanced, equal rights to victims and defendants alike.

Each April, the county observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which is an event initiated by the Office of Victims of Crime, a division of the Department of Justice. The purpose of the event is to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.  

Rev. Dr. Robert Denton Outstanding Victim Service Award

The Rev. Dr. Robert Denton Outstanding Service award is given to an individual or a group of individuals who assist victims in the criminal justice, legislative, medical, mental health or social work arenas. 2014 was the first year we honored Dr. Denton by naming our annual HERO award in his honor.

The 2014 Dr. Denton Outstanding Service Award was presented to Captain Sylvia Trundle, Akron Police Department.

The 2015 Dr. Denton Outstanding Service Award was presented to Dana Zedak, Director of Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties.

The 2016 Dr. Denton Outstanding Service Award was presented to Judge Carol Dezso, Summit County Domestic Relations Court.