5 Resources for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 23-29, 2023)

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an annual commemoration reminding us of the widespread need for victim-centered responses to harm, crime, and violence.

We’ve selected five resources for you to explore this week to honor, support, and pray with crime victims and their families as they continue on their journeys of healing.

“Restorative Justice Healed My Heart”: A Testimony from the Son of a Murder Victim

After losing his mother to a violent crime, Chris Castillo joined a correctional facility small group through the restorative justice program, “Bridges To Life.” The experience changed his life forever.

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A Prayer with Victims

For all those affected by violence and harm of any kind.

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Dos and Don’ts For Accompanying Victim-Survivors Through a Restorative Process

People of faith can be instrumental in supporting victim-survivors through restorative processes designed to meet their unique needs. Explore this resource to learn the key “dos and dont’s” for various stages of victim-survivor accompaniment.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Accompanying Victim-Survivors Through a Restorative Process

This webinar unpacks the many ways that Catholic parish and ministry leaders can support victims and survivors of crime through meaningful processes that repair harm and honor the human dignity of all involved. 

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The Grosmaires, McBrides, & sujatha baliga — Finding Justice in the Light of Forgiveness

Tragedy struck for two families when Ann Grosmaire was shot and killed by her fiancé, Conor McBride. In the wake of her death, Ann’s parents were moved to forgiveness through their Catholic faith. Listen to hear the Grosmaire and McBride families share the story of their restorative justice circle that set them on the path to healing.

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