DA recognizes victims’ rightsDouglas County District Attorney Dan Blank invites Douglas County residents to join him in remembering crime victims, and their families during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week this week.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
Douglas County District Attorney Dan Blank invites Douglas County residents to join him in remembering crime victims, and their families during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week this week.
Community advocates have made remarkable progress for crime victims.
Douglas County has provided dedicated victim-witness services for almost 30 years, according to Blank.
“We are fortunate to have two new staff members, Kevin Geirsdorf and Joan Radzak, to serve the victims and witnesses in our local cases,” Blank said. “The mission of the Douglas County Victim/Witness Services Unit is to provide moral support and information about the criminal court process, referrals and services to victims of crime, witnesses of crime and their families. Victims of crime have certain legal rights as provided by law.”
In 2012, the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted 423 felonies, 476 misdemeanors and 223 traffic crimes. About $41,000 in restitution was collected for crime victims.
Being a victim or witness of a crime is a difficult and often traumatic experience, Blank said. The goal is to advise victims of their rights and help them access their rights, including notice of court dates, opportunities for financial restitution and making a victim impact statement to the judge.
In 2012, the Douglas County Victim/Witness Services Unit provided more than 4,500 contacts to crime victims.
Honoring and supporting all crime victims is the purpose of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
Others recognized are those who also serve crime victims including local law enforcement officers, child protection and delinquency social workers, school staff, counselors, advocates for sexual, domestic and child abuse and other advocates who serve the homeless, aging populations and people with disabilities. Supporting victims of crime and their families is a community effort.
For additional information about crime victims’ rights, contact the office of the Douglas County District Attorney Victim/Witness Services Unit at 715-395-1218.