Supporting inclusion

Published 1:43 pm Thursday, April 5, 2018

Victim-Witness Assistance Program Director for Cumberland County Tiffany Booker offered an important message describing Cumberland’s involvement with the upcoming National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which will begin Monday.

“To reach all victims, we have to expand our circle by building relationships, removing barriers and engaging our community,” Booker said.

The theme of this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will focus on inclusion in crime victim services, urging community organizations to build relationships across gender, racial and economic lines.

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Various organizations in Cumberland will seek to put that theme into action Saturday, April 14, at Center Union Baptist Church at 1053 Old Buckingham Road. Those working on the front lines and behind the scenes include Elder Rozena Jackson, with Center Union Baptist Church, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Madeline’s House, the Cumberland Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and the Backyard Outlaws Auto/Bike and Social Club, among others.

Booker and Jackson noted that those affected by crimes can include victims of domestic violence incidents and incidents many wouldn’t think would happen in rural areas.

It’s encouraging to see the number of organizations working together to support those who may often be isolated, overwhelmed or made to feel alone by their experiences.

We commend Booker for her tireless efforts, and we hope those who participate next week will find needed resources and their community waiting for them with open arms. To learn more about the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, contact Booker at (804) 491-3362 or Jackson at (804) 638-8204.