Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus, District Attorney David Hoovler and Sheriff Carl E. DuBois announced on Thursday that the 2018 Orange County Crime Victims’ Vigil will be held on April 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the Orange County Government Center, located at 255 Main Street in Goshen.
The event coincides with National Crime Victims’ Week, which runs from April 8-14th. This year’s theme of “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims” emphasizes the importance of reaching out to include all victims crime in services and events.
“This significant event is held to raise awareness and show support to crime victims and their families,” Neuhaus said. “It is also an opportunity to honor those in our community who have been the victim of a crime. Advocacy for crime victims is important to all of us in Orange County and events such as this let them and their loved ones know that they are heard and supported.”
The vigil’s program will include guest speakers and a ceremony at a memorial tree, which will be planted beforehand. The tree represents the strong foundation of support that exists for victims and their families in Orange County.
“This vigil serves not only as an opportunity to remember those who have lost a loved one to violent crime,” Hoovler said. “It also provides a chance to support survivors. As District Attorney, I make every effort to put the interests of crime victims first and I can assure you that my office will remain vigilant when it comes to prosecuting violent crimes in Orange County.”
Added DuBois: “We don’t want the community to ever forget the victims of crimes or their families. It is always an honor to take part in this meaningful and touching vigil. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to showing respect and remembrance to all those affected by crime.”
The Orange County Crime Victims Assistance Program is dedicated to addressing the social, emotional and financial needs of crime victims and their immediate families, helping them with a variety of services including filing compensation claims with the New York State Office of Victims Services. The Orange County Crime Victim Coalition is comprised of the Orange County Crime Victims Assistance Program, Fox Hill and Bellvale Communities, Mental Health Association of Orange County-Rape Crisis, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Orange County Police Chief’s Association, Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange County STOP-DWI, the State Police and Safe Homes of Orange County.
Those wishing to participate in the Crime Victims’ Vigil are advised that some content may not be appropriate for younger children. Crisis counselors will be available throughout the ceremony. Photographs of loved ones may be brought for display and a roll call of crime victims will be held during the ceremony. Anyone that wants to add a name to the tribute may consult with a crime victim counselor before the ceremony by calling 291-4750.
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.