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CDCR’s Office of Victim & Survivor Rights & Services (OVSRS) has been providing services to the victim/survivor community for 31 years. OVSRS is a national leader in enforcing the rights of victims and providing vital post-conviction services to communities impacted by crime.
CDCR will acknowledge the journey and courage of crime victims and survivors, and celebrate those who advocate on their behalf during National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, April 7-13.
This year’s NCVRW theme is “Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future,” celebrating the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that is even more inclusive, accessible, and trauma-informed.
Read up on the bevy of services provided by OVSRS and learn about partnering state, federal, county and community resources by visiting https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/Victim_Services/.
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I am Nolice Edwards. I am the Chief for the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services.
My office provides post-conviction services for the victim and survivor community who has an offender who resides in our institutions, and those services include things like restitution ― collection and disbursement. We also help the victims and their family members navigate the Board of Parole Hearings process.
So my team is a group of hard-working, passionate individuals. I think each and every one of them that work here ― they work here because they support and they understand, and have empathy for the plight and journey of the victim and survivor community. I don’t think we could do this work without having that understanding.
So my team does that. They give the victims and survivors a voice by being there.
The programs and services that we provide are a catalyst to what the victim and survivor community needs. It’s important for them to have their voices heard. It’s important for them to have inclusion in the process.
I don’t think that they are looking for sympathy. I think they’re looking for understanding of their plight and their journey.
So it’s important for those of us in the servicing agencies to ensure that we have the programs and resources that they need, that there is access and there is not barriers to those resources and that we’re providing the outreach so that they understand where they can go.
Our request for services form is now online. So in 2016 is when we took everything online and made it much easier.
It is keenly important for someone to register as a victim, because unless you register, you cannot access the cadre of services that we have.
So the way that we will sustain and continue to be part of this movement going forward is to ensure that we reach the communities that are underserved, underrepresented, such as the immigrant community, communities of color, and the LGBTQ community.
All of these communities and others need to have awareness to know that we provide the services that they need. That’s how we are vital in this movement.
If we don’t have awareness about what we do then we can’t help the community, and that’s what we are about.
We’re about helping the victim and survivor community.