Delaware County Council joins District Attorney Jack Whelan and victim rights advocates to announce Victims’ Rights Week as April 2-8, 2017 with the theme, “Strength, Resilience and Justice.” Pictured from left, bottom row, Danielle DiMatteo, Director of Delaware County Juvenile Court & Probation Services, Deride Gordon, Administer for Children and Youth Services, Kathy Stone, Director of Domestic Abuse Project, Councilman John McBlain, District Attorney Jack Whelan, Pat Kosinski, Director of Family Support Line, top row, Debbie D’Adonna, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, from left, Jane McFee, President of Parents of Murdered Children, Councilman Michael Culp, Councilman Dave White, Candice Linehan, Women Against Rape, Karen Skarren, Court Financial Services, Chelsey Price, Director of Senior Victim Services.
District Attorney Jack Whelan and Victims’ Rights honorees Brittany Sanford, teacher at Culbertson Elementary School, Cavan Construction Company, Inc. located in Aston Township, and the Social Services Department at Fair Acres Geriatric Facility.
Victims stand together in Strength, Resilience and Justice
Delaware County Council and District Attorney recognize victim rights advocates
In Delaware County, the District Attorney’s office, with support from County Council, has always made it a priority to raise awareness about the plight of victims of crime and witnesses on behalf of such victims. Our officials and many of our residents through various private organizations have been in the forefront of providing programs and services to aid victims of crime. To further raise awareness, Council declared Crime Victims’ Rights Week as April 2-8 and presented a resolution to victim rights advocates.
“Today Council will declare Victims’ Rights Week as April 2-8 and recognize individuals who has provided outstanding services to victims. This year’s theme, Strength, Resilience, and Justice reflects a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, with organizations resilient in response to challenges, and communities able to seek collective justice and healing,” said Councilman John McBlain, who chaired the April 5 council meeting.
Throughout the year, service to victims is provided through the Victim-Witness Assistance Unit of the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, Children & Youth Services, the Office of Court Services and the Victim Services Unit of Juvenile Court and through organizations such as the Domestic Abuse Project, the Family Support Line and the Child Advocacy Center, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Parents of Murdered Children, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation & Parole and Women Against Rape. This year these organizations and Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan will once again sponsor programs to draw attention to the plight of victims and of the services and assistance available to them.
After County Council recognized the many agencies who assist crime victims and witnesses, an awards ceremony was held at noon April 5 in the County Council Public Meeting Room in the Government Center by the Victims Services Committee.
At the ceremony, three advocates and organizations that provide outstanding services to victims were recognized. Brittany Sanford, a teacher at Culbertson Elementary School, was nominated for her efforts as an advocate for a vulnerable child who suffered abuse. Also being recognized is Cavan Construction Company, Inc., a family owned company located in Aston Township, nominated for their generosity to adopt families during the Christmas holiday. Also being recognized is the Social Services Department at Fair Acres Geriatric Facility, nominated for their dedication to ensuring senior victims of crime are treated with dignity, respect, and receive the services they deserve.
Council also announced that a vigil for all crime victims, organized by Parents of Murdered Children (POMC), was set for 7 p.m. April 5 in Courtroom One, the Honorable John V. Diggins Ceremonial Courtroom, at the Courthouse.