Victims' rights week: Muddling through the court system
POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013 - 11:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 11:50am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office has teamed up with local non profits to offer more help to victims of crime.
Victim Assistance Coordinators organized the event. They say navigating the court system can be confusing. Their goal is to make it easier for victims to muddle through it all, and make sure they know they're not alone.
It's all part of national crime victim rights recognition week.
"We are hear to kind of take that burden off of them. Make sure they understand what's going on. Make sure they are aware of what they can do what their rights are and what help is out there for them," Kirsten Bowers, lead Victim Assistance Coordinator, explained.
The agency is hosting a special ceremony to remember victims Tuesday April 23. The event, dubbed "flowers on the lake" is hosted by the D.A.'s office and East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office starts at 6:00p.m. at Sherwood Forrest BREC Park.
Wednesday April 24 is "denim day". Sexual Trauma and Awareness Center (STAR) is hosting a the event. People can were casual jeans to work for a $2 donation to STAR, at participating businesses.
Thursday April 25, The DA is hosting a crime victims ceremony. Vendors will offer information on victim resources starting at 11:45 a.m. Till 2 p.m. The ceremony starts at noon.
Friday April 26, "I am Iris Day." The Iris Center kicks off a social media campaign to increase awareness about domestic violence prevention.
Saturday April 27, Victim Service Resource Fair at the Mall of Louisiana from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.