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North Carolina Crime Victims' Rights Week: April 18-24

RALEIGH -- Gov. Roy Cooper has proclaimed April 18-24 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in North Carolina. Coinciding with the 40th Annual National Crime Victims’ Week, the NC Department of Public Safety Office of Victim Services and affiliated agencies will show support for the victims and survivors of crime throughout the state.

The theme for this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.” Purple is a key color for this year’s theme, and the public is encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness of victims’ rights and to highlight the important work of those who support victims of crime as part of our #WearPurple campaign. On Friday and Saturday night, April 23-24, buildings across the state will #ShineTheLight, glowing purple to support this cause and close out the week’s activities.

The virtual and in-person activities taking place throughout the week include:

April 19 – 23     #WearPurple throughout the week to show support!

                             DPS is encouraging the public to wear purple throughout the week

                             and post selfies on social media using the hashtags #WearPurple and



April 20              NC Victim Services Interagency Council Ceremony

                             10:45 a.m. Follow link to register for this virtual event.

April 20-22         Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Carolina 4th Annual Symposium

                              Taking Child Abuse Interventions to New Heights


April 21               NC Victim Assistance Network Memorial Garden Ceremony

                               10 a.m. Virtual event Featuring Keynote Speaker Ms. Deanna Walters

                               from the award-winning documentary “Private Violence”


April 22                House Rules Chairman Rep. Destin Hall and Sen. Bob Steinberg

                                Legislative members will make remarks on their respective

                                chamber floors


April 23                National Crime Victims’ Service Award Ceremony

                                3-4 p.m. Livestream Registration required – Follow Link to register

April 23-24           #ShineTheLightNC

                                Buildings around the state including the state capitol and North Carolina

                                Executive Mansion in Raleigh will be showing their support for victims of

                                crime by lighting up their exterior purple. Again, we encourage the public

                                to share photos of these buildings on social media using the hashtags

                                #ShineTheLight and #NCVRW2021


This schedule can also be found on the Office of Victim Services section of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website at

“Department of Public Safety leadership and staff are committed to engaging in responsible, meaningful discussions about crime and violence here in North Carolina,” stated DPS Chief Deputy Secretary Casandra Skinner Hoekstra. “It’s vital that we continue to acknowledge our unwavering support for victims of crime in that dialogue, and I urge all citizens to do the same.”