victim awareness

Governor Larry Hogan today proclaimed April 3 as Crime Victim and Advocate Commemorative Day, which is recognized annually to honor Maryland’s crime victims and the advocates who support them. Today’s proclamation follows the governor’s recent announcement to provide $45 million in funding to support major violent crime initiatives and $35 million to support crime victims. 

“Protecting vulnerable Marylanders will always be my most important job,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration will continue to do everything we can to support crime victims and advocates while constantly working to build safer communities, support law enforcement, and hold those who commit crimes accountable for their actions.” 

Victims’ rights activists Roberta and Vincent Roper helped establish Crime Victim and Advocate Commemorative Day in 2012 to honor the memory of their daughter Stephanie, who was tragically murdered 40 years ago today, and all who have lost their lives due to crime. Over the years, the Ropers worked both in Maryland and across the nation to advocate for justice, comprehensive victims’ services, and providing and protecting victims’ rights.

Since 2015, the Hogan administration has directed more than $345 million to support more than 1 million crime victims. This important funding supports a range of services including direct advocacy, case management, crisis and hotline support, counseling, support groups, court and hospital accompaniment, legal representation, shelter, transitional housing, and forensic medical exams.

“Governor Hogan and his entire administration have always stood shoulder to shoulder with crime victims and the organizations that support them,” said Yesim Karaman, chief of staff of the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services. “Today we honor the memories of all victims who have lost their lives and we remain committed to continuing to support all Marylanders who are tragically impacted by crime.”  

Every year, memorial services mark the beginning of Maryland’s observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, observed this year April 24-30. The 32nd annual Memorial Services for Crime Victims and Their Families will be held on Sunday, April 24.

The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services will also virtually host the 2022 Maryland Crime Victims’ Rights Conference  April 27-29. The annual conference is an opportunity to learn about promising practices and emerging issues from experts in the field in an effort to better serve Maryland crime victims.

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  1. thats fine. What do we do about Crime Solvers? What keeps a criminal defense attorney from calling Crime Solvers on their own clients? & what is a defendant supposed to do about it? Why doesn’t the Crime Solvers website list the cases the rewards have been given- out in?

  2. when it comes to internet crime, what is the origin? we are concerned about the suspect, but what about the website? Who has to take responsibility for the web site being up, anybody? Why does the criminal justice system overlook the we bsite? Shouldn’t the illegal website be taken down?

  3. could we please have the court website set- up so that we can do other searches besides suspect. why can’t we search by crime location, crime date? why does the crime revolve around the suspect?

  4. Commemorating a day for anything does not address the problem. It’s just another way the politicians try and fake taking action.

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