Posted Thursday, April 12th, 2018
JOIN PROSECUTOR AND SHERIFF IN CALLING ATTENTION TO NEEDS OF CRIME VICTIMS
The Morris County Board of Freeholders honored the victims and survivors of crime last night, April 11, at a ceremony in Madison, where they proclaimed this week, April 8-14, as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Morris County.
Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Sheriff James M. Gannon joined the freeholders for a ceremony to stress the importance of addressing the needs of crime victims, who can suffer long-lasting impacts after being victims of crime.
Knapp was accompanied at the event by Morris County Victims-Witness Coordinator Donna Pasquariello, Victims-Witness Program Supervisor Amanda Holloway, and Victims Advocate Michelle Leone.
“To victims and survivors of crime, justice simply means that they are treated with respect — that they are listened to and actually heard. It means that they will have a voice in vital decisions that are made related to their cases, as well as to their lives,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.
“Prosecutor Knapp and his staff have been leaders in the movement to have victims and survivors of crime treated with dignity and compassion, and to have their most important needs identified and addressed,’’ he added.
In addition to a proclamation issued by the Board of Freeholders, Prosecutor Knapp and key victim-witness staff received a special Joint Legislative Resolution honoring crime victims and calling for continued support for their needs.
The ceremony occurred in the Hartley Dodge Memorial Building (Madison’s town hall) where the freeholders were holding the first of seven county government “road meetings’’ this year.
Sheriff Gannon joined Prosecutor Knapp in his praise of Donna Pasquariello, Amanda Holloway, and Michelle Leone for their efforts of working with the various victims of Morris County. Also attending the event were Madison Police Chief Darren Dachisen, Florham Park Police Chief Joseph Orlando, and Morris County Park Police Chief Gabe DePietro.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been observed annually since 1981, when it was championed by President Ronald Reagan.
In Morris County, Law enforcement, elected officials, and county and local government agencies have since worked with community leaders and nonprofit groups to recognize the rights of crime victims.
The Morris County Office of Victim Witness Advocacy was established in 1982 to provide social service assistance, case information and advocacy to victims and witnesses of crime. The unit has a trained victim counseling staff available to aid with problems created by victimization. Please select from the list below for more information.
To learn more about the office visit: https://prosecutor.morriscountynj.gov/victim-witness/
Morris County Family Justice Center: http://morrisfjc.org/
Jersey Battered Woman’s Service (JBWS) : http://www.jbws.org/
Deirdre’s House: http://www.deirdreshouse.org/