The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office recognizes 2020 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, especially given these unprecedented challenges our community is facing. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will have a tree lit up outside of the Administration & Records Building from April 19 through April 25, 2020 in honor of all of the victims of crime in Morris County. Serving as a small beacon of hope during these difficult times, a wreath adorned with a “2020 in Recognition” ribbon was placed next to the tree.
Observed annually, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is about raising awareness of victims’ rights and services, highlighting programs, celebrating progress achieved, and honoring victims and the professionals and agencies who serve them. This year, the theme is “Seek Justice, Ensure Victims’ Rights, Inspire Hope.” The theme commemorates the advocacy of individuals and groups that inspires victims and their families to have hope, justice and healing.
Even during this period of social distancing, support services and resources are available. For an overview of services, please visit www.nj.gov/oag/dcj/victimwitness/.
Resources are also available for Morris County victims of domestic violence.
During the COVID-19 court closures, applications for a temporary restraining order may be filed with the local police department where (1) the victim resides or is sheltered, (2) where the defendant resides, (3) or where the incident occurred.
If you are in need of domestic violence services you can contact any of the following resources:
- Morris County Family Justice Center at 973-829-4050 or www.Morrisfjc.org
- Jersey Battered Women’s Service at 973-267-7520 or JBWS.org
- Safety, Support and Solutions for All 24-hour hotline at 1-877-R U ABUSED (1-877-782-2873)
- If you are Hearing Impaired, you can contact 973-314-4192
- Center for Non-Violence counseling programs at 973-539-7801
Prosecutor Knapp stated, “Please know that even during this pandemic, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement agencies are here to protect the rights of crime victims 24/7. Even though our doors may not be open, we are always available at the phone numbers above to provide needed services.”
Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.