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2017 National Crime Victims Week is April

Sonoma County District Attorney celebrates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 2, 2017 to April 8, 2017

This year’s theme—Strength. Resilience. Justice.—reflects this vision of the future. One in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient to face challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing. The theme highlights the need for multiple avenues of victim support.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is a time to recognize victims and survivors in our community and promote healing through understanding and providing direct services. We invite those needing support to contact us at (707) 565-8250 for information to obtain resources in our community. Why are victim services so important? When victims and witnesses feel understood and supported, they are more likely to seek services. Victims of crime can have a wide variety of feelings including but not limited to fear, shame, anxiety, PTSD, shock, anger, etc. When a victim has to face their offender on the witness stand to testify it can feel overwhelming and re-victimizing. The Victim Services Division works to help reduce those feelings through meetings addressing what to expect as well as accompanying the victim to the witness stand in certain types of cases. In addition, our comfort dog Miranda can offer a way to reduce anxiety prior to and during testimony. Once a victim gains confidence to tell his or her story, the offender can be brought to justice, and the entire community can heal.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at the Board of Supervisors chambers for a Gold Resolution proclaiming National Crime Victims’ Rights Week at 1:30pm. Tables with resources and Victim Services staff will be available to answer questions.

 

Jill Ravitch, District Attorney

Jill Ravitch, District Attorney

Welcome to our Website. As a representative of the People of the State of California, the District Attorney’s Office has the responsibility to prosecute all criminal matters in the County of Sonoma. We have a budget of nearly $22 million and a staff of more than 121 employees.

I am very proud of our dedicated attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, claims specialists and support staff who diligently serve the citizens of Sonoma County. We consistently apply equal justice under the law to protect our community and ensure that victims of crime are treated with compassion and respect.

I hope this information provides you with a better understanding of the criminal justice system.

Sincerely,

Jill Ravitch
District Attorney
Sonoma County

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