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. 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. The 2017 Dr. Denton Outstanding Service Award was presented to Emilia Sykes, Ohio State Representative.