Rutledge Proclaims April 10-16 Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Arkansas
April 13, 2016
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today spoke to over 100 advocates, victims and law enforcement at the Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony at Heifer Village where she proclaimed April 10-16 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Arkansas. Ceremonies like the one today are being held in communities across the country this week to promote victims’ rights, honor crime victims and recognize those who advocate on their behalf.
“As a former prosecutor, I have seen firsthand the desolation that victims of horrific crimes and their families suffered,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “To the countless advocates and members of law enforcement across our State who are on the frontlines every day, offering support and hope, I say thank you. For the victims, I pray for your protection, your healing and that you will know you are not alone. As long as I am Attorney General, victims and advocates will have a constant supporter.”
April 10-16 has also been set as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and this year’s theme is “Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.”
The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program, administered by the Office of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on behalf of the Crime Victims Reparations Board, provides financial compensation to victims and family members who have suffered personal injury or death as the result of violent crime.
Additionally, the Sexual Assault Reimbursement Program allows evidence to be collected after a sexual assault has been committed without the victim bearing the burden of the expense, and it pays for ambulance services and medical or legal examinations.
Victims may apply for compensation by submitting an application to the Attorney General’s office. Applications are available on the Attorney General’s website or from Arkansas’s 28 elected prosecutors.