April 6 through April 12 is National Victims’ Rights Week. The observance marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Victims of Crime Act.
Through seminars and displays, the Baltimore County Police Department, department volunteers and county residents will bring attention to crimes such as domestic violence, college campus safety, bullying, and crime prevention techniques, as well as elder abuse and relationship abuse.
30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice
The theme for this year’s program, 30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice, honors the achievements made on behalf of crime victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984.
The following is a list of the precincts and the events scheduled for Victims’ Rights Week.
- Precinct 1/Wilkens will assist the Wilkens Police and Community Relations Organization (WPCRO) with the second annual Transition to College: Be Safe seminar. Expert panelists from local universities will address campus safety, relationship violence, time management, binge drinking, partying, mental health and health center resources. This program is scheduled for April 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227. Sergeant Harpster, 410-744-1584, is the contact.
Displays and literature on domestic violence, elder abuse and safety for senior citizens will be available at the Baltimore County Public Library in Arbutus, 855 Sulphur Spring Road, 21227, from April 7-12. Sergeant Harpster, 410-744-1584, is the contact.
- Precinct 2/Woodlawn will hold a crime prevention presentation and networking event for business managers and owners. This event will take place on April 7 at noon at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, 21133. Call the precinct’s Community Outreach Team at 410-887-4714 to register for the event. Sergeant Askew, 410-887-4714, is the contact.
- Precinct 3/Franklin will conduct a seminar for students entitled, “Take Back the Night.” Speakers include Domestic Violence Coordinator Officer Darrin Kelly and the Domestic Violence Advocate from the DOVE program, Cassie Offutt. The seminar will take place April 22, at 6 p.m. at Stevenson University, 10945 Boulevard Circle, Owings Mills. Officer Darrin Kelly, 410-887-6985, is the contact.
- Precinct 4/Pikesville will hand out literature on domestic violence at the Baltimore County Public Library in Pikesville, 1301 Reisterstown Road, 21208, from 1-3 p.m. on April 7. Officer Schultz-Rice, 410-887-6775, is the contact.
- Precinct 6/Towson will set up displays and have handouts available at the Baltimore County Public Library in Loch Raven, 1046 Taylor Avenue, 21234, from April 7-12. The displays will contain information on domestic violence. Brochures on teen dating violence and spousal assault will be distributed. Officer Huncher, 410-887-5933, is the contact.
- Precinct 7/Cockeysville will plant flowers around the memorial tree at the Cockeysville Precinct, 111 Wight Avenue, 21030, on April 9 at 9 a.m. Lieutenant McGraw, 410-887-1820, is the contact.
- Precinct 8/Parkville will plant flowers at the Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 9833 Harford Road, 21234, on April 8 at 1 p.m. Officer Goorevitz and Officer Vaughn, 410-887-5439, are the contacts.
- Precinct 9/White Marsh will tie ribbons on trees in front of the precinct, located at 8220 Perry Hall Boulevard, 21236.
Clothes and other items collected April 6-12 will be donated to the Eastern Family Resource Center and Family Crisis Centers for victims of domestic abuse. Officer Huber, 410-887-5035, is the contact.
- Precinct 11/Essex will collect donations for the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence. Donations can be dropped off at any time at the Essex Precinct, 216 North Marlyn Avenue, 21221, from April 6-12. The shelter is in need of toiletries, adult and child clothing – including undergarments, non perishable food/snack items, and diapers. Officer Michael Lewis, 410-887-0232, is the contact.
- Precinct 12/North Point will have displays and presentations centered on domestic violence at the Baltimore County Public Library in Dundalk, 1716 Merritt Boulevard, 21222, from April 7-12. Sergeant Stelmack, 410-887-7337, is the contact.