A survivor of family violence was the focus of the annual observance of National Crime Victims Rights Week Thursday, April 26, at Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center in Richmond.
More than 60 people associated with law enforcement, the court system and care and support system for victims of crime attended the reception, which is presented by the Fort Bend County Crime Victim’s Response Team.
The Response Team provides a forum for local law enforcement agencies and supporting victim liaisons to collaborate in addressing community concerns regarding victims.
In Thursday’s presentation, the victim recounted her ordeal, telling the audience she received help and support beginning with the Sugar Land Police Department officers and the department’s victim liaison and then from the Fort Bend Women’s Center. The victim said Crime Victims’ Compensation also played a role in helping her succeed and to become a survivor.
Chad Bridges, president of CVRT, welcomed the guests, noting that each person present represents an agency that strives to help victims overcome their adversities following crimes.
Guests came from most of the police agencies in the county as well as agencies from adjacent counties. Also present were representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office, the Women’s Center and the Office of Attorney General, among several others.
The CVRT promotes networking between agencies and organizations so that ideas are exchanged and resolutions are put into action. The organization’s goal is to put the victim first in initial response, handling and disposition of the criminal case, and the transition from Victim to Survivor.
CVRT also presents semiannual trainings for professionals who deal with crimes and handling of crime victims.