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April 7, 2005

Day set aside to recognize the victims of violent crime

TUMWATER — Washington will join with the rest of the nation next week to recognize the victims of violent crime. On Thursday, April 14, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will host the state's annual Crime Victims Awareness Day.

This year's program — "Justice isn't served until crime victims are" — will be held from 8 a.m. to noon in L&I's Tumwater auditorium, located at 7273 Linderson Way SW in Tumwater. The annual program is designed to promote a greater understanding of victims' needs and raise awareness of the services and support available to them.

This year's featured speakers include homicide and identity theft detectives from the Seattle Police Department and the Washington State Patrol. Those attending the program also will hear from L&I Acting Director Judy Schurke, Cletus Nnanabu, Crime Victims program manager, and Jackie Kaitlyn, a claims adjudicator who will serve as master of ceremonies.

Unlike past programs which ran all day, this one is scheduled to end shortly after noon. Though registration isn't required, the agency asks that those planning to attend contact the program at 360-902-5341.

Labor & Industries has run the crime victims' assistance program since it was established in 1974. Annually, the agency receives over 7,000 requests for assistance. The largest categories are rape and domestic assault. Nearly 70 percent of the victims are women and children.

This is the 25th anniversary of National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

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Media contact: Robert T. Nelson in L&I Public Affairs at 360-902-6043 or at nelq235@LNI.wa.gov

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