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News: Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 18, 2013 - Contact Lisa E. Kinney, (804) 674-3275

Virginia Department of Corrections Marks Crime Victims' Rights Week

RICHMOND — The Victim Services Unit at the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) is scheduling events to recognize Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 21-27. The theme for the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, with which Virginia’s Crime Victims’ Rights Week coincides, is New Challenges. New Solutions.

"The Virginia Department of Corrections works closely with crime victims to keep them informed regarding the status of offenders who harmed them and to answer their questions about how the system works," said VADOC Director Harold Clarke. "The Victim Services Unit has more than 6,000 victims registered for notification regarding offenders in our custody. In 2012, we registered more than 2,000 new victims for notification."

Based upon Virginia law, registered victims are notified of inmate transfer, work release, name change, escape, death, release, and parole events. Additional services offered to victims include explanation of the criminal justice process and referrals.

To renew our commitment to victims of crime, the Victim Services Unit (VSU) will offer training to VADOC staff and other allied professionals. Additionally, VSU is again hosting an annual poster challenge for offenders that encourages them to take accountability for their actions and to focus on the impact of crime on victims. VSU also speaks with cognitive and therapeutic communities inside Virginia’s prisons as part of the unit’s victim impact curriculum.

This year’s theme, New Challenges. New Solutions, reflects the increasingly complex mission of victim advocates today. Services provided to victims by the VADOC help to work toward a comprehensive healing environment for everyone.

More information about the VSU and VADOC can be found at  http://www.vadoc.virginia.gov/.