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News Release

For Immediate Release
April 24, 2009

Sandra Matheson
Director, Office of Victim/Witness Assistance
(603) 271-3671

Governor Lynch and Attorney General Ayotte Commemorate New Hampshire's Crime Victim Rights Week
April 28th, 2009 11:00am
St. Paul's Church
Park Street
Concord, New Hampshire

(Concord, New Hampshire) – Governor John Lynch and Attorney General Kelly Ayotte will join crime victims and professionals who work to provide services and support to help them recover from the impact of crime, to observe 2009 National Crime Victim Rights Week.

This year's theme "25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act" celebrates the 25th anniversary of the historic passage of the Federal Victims of Crime or VOCA Act and the profound and wide reaching impact it has had on victims rights and resources. Through the Victims of Crime Fund, supported by fines on offenders, not taxpayers, VOCA has supported thousands of agencies and millions of victims across the nation. Millions of dollars have come to New Hampshire to provide critical financial assistance to our victim compensation and victim services programs, including domestic and sexual violence crisis centers, CASA, Child Advocacy Centers and victim/witness programs. Since its passage the state has made tremendous progress in reducing the impact that crime and the criminal justice system has on the lives of victims.

Attorney General Ayotte said, "This is a time for all of us to pay tribute to those citizens who have been impacted by violent crime and to promote the rights of victims and the expansion of services and support to assist them in rebuilding their lives. Please join us as we pay tribute to the strength and courage of those New Hampshire citizens who have been victimized and to those that work to ensure their rights are protected."

A press conference will be held at 11:00 am in the Parish Hall of St. Paul's Church, Park Street in Concord (next to the State House). Moving displays, including the victims' memorial quilts and tributes to our state's homicide victims, will be set up and the Clothesline Project, sponsored by the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program, will be unveiled on the state house lawn.

At 5:30 pm, a memorial service to pay tribute to all those who have been traumatized by violent crime will be held at St. Paul's Church, followed by a vigil and reception.

New Hampshire Department of Justice | 33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658