(KELOWNA, BC) – “Moving Forward.” is the theme of this year’s National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, taking place across Canada from April 22 to 28, 2012. Activities across the country will focus on raising awareness of services available to victims of crime in Canada, as well as further exploring new ways to reach out to victims of crime to let them know their experience matters and that there are organizations like The Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society (COEFS) and the Regional District of Central Okanagan Victim-Witness Services looking after them.

“National Victims of Crime Awareness Week is an important event for our community. It helps raise the profile of organizations like the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society and other organizations providing victims services, many of who need ongoing financial support from our community to support victims and help them on the long path to recovery and justice. In our last operating year we helped over 2000 local people – an 83% increase on the year prior.”

“The ‘Beyond Crisis’ campaign tells the stories of six local victims of sexual assault, abuse and violence who have made the long journey to recovering their self-worth and ‘have their smile back’.” said Aimee Thompson, Agency Co-Ordinator at COEFS.

The Beyond Crisis website can be viewed at www.beyondcrisis.ca

For more information on National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, visit: www.victimsweek.gc.ca.