Taylor County begins 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with proclamation recognizing RVCC Abilene work

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – More than 3,400 people were helped at the Regional Victim Crisis Center in Abilene (RVCC) in 2023, and nearly half of those victims were classified as youth or children. In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Taylor County Judge Phil Crowley issued a proclamation Monday morning, recognizing and sharing the RVCC’s advocacy work to support all victims of violent crimes.

“Whereas surviving a crime can have immediate or lasting effects on victims, including physical and psychological social financial issues,” Judge Crowley announced outside of the Taylor County Courthouse. “Encourage all people to ask themselves the question, ‘how will you help a victim of a crime?'”

This year’s theme is “How would you help?” This theme focuses in on creating new options for support to ensure all victims can receive help and justice.

Janey Wawerna, Executive Director of the Abilene’s RVCC, said the organization partners with others across the Big Country to be of service around the clock. From law enforcement to the Noah Project, and the Abilene Police Department’s (APD) Victim Assistance Program, just to name a few resources.

Help is all around: Mental health, financial resources in Abilene & beyond

“I represent RVCC, however that is a very small piece of the puzzle. We all work together so crime victims are educated to know their rights and know who is here to be available to help them,” explained Wawerna.

Regardless of backgrounds, all were encouraged on the lawn of the Taylor County Courthouse on Monday to learn how they can be part of the solution.

“When you know more you have more power, and we are here to help you every step of the healing journey,” Wawerna announced. “Thank y’all for coming today. Thank you for making Abilene a safe and healthy place to live.”

Whether the message is in person or on television, Wawerna reassured that help is always available to those in need.

“For crime victims who might hear this message, know you are not alone. Know there is help available 24 hours a day,” added Wawerna.

If you or someone you know is in need of crime victim assistance, you can call the 24/7 hotline for the Regional Victim Crisis Center in Abilene at (325) 677-7895. There will be several events throughout the week including a candlelight vigil on Tuesday and a walk on Thursday.

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