Attorney General Larry Long Announces Crime Victims’ Rights Week
PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Larry Long said today that April 23rd-29th, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme, "Victims’ Rights: Strength in Unity," pays tribute to crime victims and survivors who, for many decades, have joined together in mutual support and advocacy to promote victims’ rights and services. It also recognizes the ongoing efforts of countless victim service providers, justice professionals, and volunteers who selflessly dedicate their lives to helping victims of crime.
"This week is a time to reflect on the importance of putting victims first," said Long. "It is also incredibly important to remember those individuals whose efforts benefit victims."
The Victim’s Rights law gives victims of crime the right to stand up and be heard in court, the right to be kept informed of their case, and the right to be notified of the status of the offender. The Victim’s Compensation program was established to provide monetary assistance to victims of violent crimes. It is funded through contributions from state and federal offenders. Last year, the program paid more than $500,000 to over 200 victims.
For more information about the South Dakota Crime Victims’ Compensation program call 605-773-6317 or 1-800-696-9476. For additional information about national resources available to help crime victims, visit the website developed by the Office for Victims of Crime at www.crimevictims.gov. The Attorney General’s Victim Witness Program provides victim services in rural areas in South Dakota and for more information about this program visit http://dci.sd.gov/.