The Office of the Texas Attorney General is observing National Crime Victims’ Rights week, which runs from April 19-25, in collaboration with communities statewide. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement:

“This week marks an opportunity to bring a voice to crime victims and honor our nation’s progress in advancing their rights. No person should fall victim to violent crime, but our office stands ready to help individuals and their families in their time of need. The Texas Attorney General’s Office will continue working to protect and empower victims by providing vital tools to assist in the healing process.”

This year's theme, “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.”, emphasizes the role of the entire community in supporting and empowering victims of crime. This year marks the 31st anniversary of championing support and services for crime victims through the federal Victims of Crime Act.

The Office of the Attorney General serves victims of crime by administering the Crime Victims' Compensation Program which provides financial reimbursement of expenses associated with physical, financial, and emotional trauma in the aftermath of a violent crime. In addition, victim service-related grants and contracts administered by the Office of the Attorney General  fund a broad range of services, including domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, hotlines, victim advocacy, education and assistance with CVC.

The Office of the Attorney General will commemorate the week with the following event:

Texas Crime Victim Rights Week Ceremony
Tuesday April 21, 2015 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Central Christian Church, 1110 Guadalupe St.
Austin, Texas

For additional information about resources available to help crime victims, visit