County Attorney Pete Orput wants to remind citizens that every April the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme— Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities—celebrates the contributions that we all can make toward building trust in our community’s capacity to support the healing journeys of crime victims. Trust is collective as well as individual, so we are honoring both the individual victims in our community and the groups engaged in building networks of understanding and support. The County Attorney’s office joins the OVC and communities across the United States this April to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, highlight local programs, celebrate progress achieved, and honor victims and the professionals who serve them. In 2020 the Washington County Attorney’s Office worked with over 1,642 victims of crimes committed in the county.
County Attorney Pete Orput stated, “I am proud to be able to advocate for crime victims every day. My office’s commitment to reaching victims of crime is stronger than ever. Our message to them is that they are not alone.”