The Brighton and Commerce Police Departments’ Victim Services Division is bringing awareness to three causes in the month of April.
National Crime Victim Rights Week (NCVRW), April 2-8
Strength. Resilience. Justice.
Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the nation to confront and remove barriers to full justice for all victims of crime. Each year, communities across the country revisit the history of the victims’ rights movement, celebrate the progress made, and recommit themselves to further advancements in the crime victims’ field.
The City of Brighton and Commerce City Victim Services Unit merged in 2014 to increase its services offered to victims. Victim advocate serve victims in both jurisdictions to provide information, support and referrals, comfort, compassion and care to crime victims and their families. In 2016, the Brighton and Commerce City Victim Services Unit served a combined 4,149 victims.
Brighton City Council will approved a proclamation declaring April 2-8 National Crime Victim Rights Week in Brighton.
National Child Abuse Awareness Month (NCAAM), April 1-30
Building Community, Building Hope
National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. The following timeline chronicles significant moments in child abuse prevention in the United States.
Brighton and Commerce City Police Department Victim Services Division is partnering with the Ralston House, a child advocacy center providing serves in the first and 17th Judicial Districts, to bring awareness to the cause by hosting a Pinwheel Garden. To learn more about the Ralston House and the pinwheel garden project, visit http://www.ralstonhouse.net/.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), April 1-30
Respect, Equality, Safety
In the United States April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue.
In 2015, the Brighton Police Department improved the way it responds to and assists victims of sexual assault, by being the first police department in the Nation to adopt and implement the You Have Options Program.
Led by law enforcement in collaboration with advocacy and other experts, the You Have Options Program focuses on changing two fundamental elements in the law enforcement response to sexual violence: increasing the number of victims who report and thoroughly investigating identified offenders for serial perpetration.
Through the program, victims are encouraged to report in the way that is right for them. Reports can be made by speaking to an officer on the phone, using an online form found on www.ReportingOptions.org, meeting in person with a law enforcement officer or initially reporting through an advocate.
Residents may notice Brighton Police Departments' patrol cars sporting something new very soon. To continue to show support for the You Have Options Program, the Department will add You Have Options magnets to their patrol cars to bring awareness to the community about reporting.
A special thank you to the local You Have Options business partners: Smoker Friendly, Always Chic Pet Salon, Rumors A Salon, Elite Nails 8, Noble Wine & Spirits, Main Street Café, Cora’s Closet, Beauty Zone, A Nu Do, Prairie Wine & Spirits, Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce, Tax Smart, LLC.
Join the Brighton Police Department Victim Services Division as they wear denim to honor survivors Wednesday, April 26. Denim Day is a daylong awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim blaming.
To learn more and get involved this April, please contact Kimberly Messina at 303-655-2308.