Release Date: 
Thursday, April 8, 2021

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/18/2021 to Sat, 04/24/2021
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Henry Ford College is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students.

Every year, millions of Americans are affected by crime. Many will need ongoing care and resources. April 18–24 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time to celebrate the progress achieved, raise awareness of victims' rights and services, and stand with our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by crime. You can show your support for victims by building their trust and engaging your communities in response efforts.

Call 855–4–VICTIM or visit VictimConnect.org to learn about victims' rights and options, confidentially and compassionately.

Please join us on April 21st at 2:30 pm for a zoom presentation with Q&A to bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault and provide education and resources to benefit the community. Our special guest speaker, Stephanie Harris, is a domestic violence and sexual assault survivor who goes around the country bringing awareness and provided valuable resources to help victims.

Register here to attend today!

This event is sponsored by the HFC Office of Student Conduct and Compliance and Title IX, the HFC Counseling Office, the HFC Student Activities Office, and the HFC Office of Campus Safety, and HM3.

For questions or further information, contact Anwar Beydoun at ambeydoun2@hfcc.edu or Munira Kassim at mmkassim@hfcc.edu.

Resources to assist you

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, which provides funding to state victims' compensation and assistance programs. OVC also provides resource centers statewide, along with training modules.

The following resources from OVC can help you to protect your rights, and the rights of others this week and in the future. Please reach out to the campus-supported services too.

Speak up on social media

We've included sample messaging you can use on social media this week, and beyond, that show your solidarity with victims. Witnessing the support of others on social media helps victims feel empowered.


OVC-provided resources

National Criminal Justice Reference Service

The NCJRS provides services and resources related to crime, victim assistance, public safety, and more. Reach out here: responsecenter@ncjrs.gov .

Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training

With the help of the Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training (SAACT) provided by OVC, you can learn crisis intervention techniques to assist victims and survivors of sexual assault. Training is available online.

Victim Impact: Listen and Learn

This online victim impact training course from OVC provides training to intervene with an offender to become more aware of the impact of their offenses and help victims.

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

The MCEDSV develops and promotes efforts to eliminate domestic and sexual violence in Michigan.

First Step: Domestic Violence Help Line

Are you a victim of domestic violence? Call the First Step: 24-Hour Help Line at (888) 453-5900

Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities

Supporting Crime Victims with Disabilities is a three-day training offered through OVC. This course goes into detail on supporting victims who have disabilities.

Understanding Human Trafficking

Understanding Human Trafficking is a five-module course offered through OVC that helps advocates understand and support victims of human trafficking.

HFC Community Resources

Assisted Learning Services

HFC Assisted Learning Services, Contact Dr. Maureen Webster, Counselor, Assisted Learning Services (313) 845-9617 or maureenw@hfcc.edu .

Campus Safety

If you are threatened or confronted with an issue and need help, call Campus Safety: 9911 from a campus phone or (313) 845-9630 from off campus. Campus Safety can also be reached through your HFC Reach Out App and by email at campussafety@hfcc.edu. If you face an imminent emergency on campus, call 9911 and Campus Safety will help you.

Counseling Center

If you need counseling and support services, please reach out to HFC Student Outreach and Support (SOS). You may also contact Dr. Brenda Hildreth, (313) 845-9611 or bjhildreth@hfcc.edu .

Office of Student Conduct and Title IX

If you need to file a violation of Title IX, or if you have questions related to the conduct of a member of the HFC Community, contact Munira Kassim at mmkassim@hfcc.edu or (313) 845-6301. You may also use our Student Rights resources.

Standing up on social media

The things you say and do are important.

The OVC Twitter

  • National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed April 18–24, 2021. Join us during this weeklong initiative to promote victims’ rights, and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Get started by using the 2021 NCVRW Resource Guide. #NCVRW2021

  • Curious about how you can get involved in National Crime Victims’ Rights Week? Access @OJPOVC 2021 NCVRW Resource Guide to plan and promote your community events April 18–24, 2021. #NCVRW2021

  • 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 18–24. Use the hashtag #NCVRW2021 to join the conversation and learn about available resources and community events.


The OVC Facebook

Sample Facebook Posts Leading up to NCVRW (posting dates: March 30–April 17, 2021)

  • National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be observed April 18–24, 2021. Join us during this weeklong initiative to promote victims’ rights, and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Get started by using the 2021 NCVRW Resource Guide. #NCVRW2021

  • Curious about how you can get involved in National Crime Victims’ Rights Week? Access @OJPOVC 2021 NCVRW Resource Guide to plan and promote your community events April 18–24, 2021. #NCVRW2021 www.ovc.ojp.gov/ncvrw2021 • 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 18–24. Use the hashtag #NCVRW2021 to join the conversation and learn about available resources and community events.