A proclamation kicked off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Pueblo.
This year’s theme-Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim-celebrates the vision behind progress and the ideal of serving all victims of crime.
A Community of Victim Assistance (ACOVA) was established by the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Trained volunteer Victim Advocates are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
There are several events this week. On Tuesday April 24 the 10th Judicial District Probation Department, the Pueblo Domestic Violence Task Force, and Pueblo Community college will sponsor an awareness event featuring speaker John Michael Keys of the “I Love You Guys” Foundation.
On Friday, April 27, the week will end with a candlelight vigil at the HARP Riverwalk from 6 to 8 p.m. “The ceremony will include music and reflection time to honor survivors and remember the victims of all crimes who have lost their lives over the years in our community,” a press release said.
According to ACOVA officials, advocates are always ready to respond to crisis situations due to crime or circumstance through all law enforcement agencies, hospitals, and emergency first responders. ACOVA staff is not only available to answer questions regarding victims’ rights and the criminal justice process, but can also provide emotional support, community resource referrals, and follow up to victims.