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Law enforcement spreads awareness about victim rights

April 10, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated April 9, 2014 at 11:10 p.m.


In celebration of National Crime Victim's Rights Week, local law enforcement wants to get the word out on services and rights available to those affected by violent crime.

"(It's) not only about memorializing crime victims and survivors," Victoria Police Department Sgt. Chris Guerra wrote in a news release. "It is also about educating those currently in the cycle of violence or victimization that they have rights."

The week continues through Saturday.

Victims of crime have the right to receive adequate protection from harm and threats, have their safety considered by the magistrate when setting bail and the ability to receive information on request of relevant court proceedings and parole procedures, according to the news release.

Other rights include counseling, possible payment for examinations through the Texas Crime Victims' Compensation fund and a separate and secure waiting area at all public court proceedings.

If you or someone you know is affected by a violent crime, contact local law enforcement or an advocacy center such as MidCoast Family Services at 361-573-4357.

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