Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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April 6, 2011

Governor Daugaard declares April 10-16 as
Crime Victims’ Rights Week in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty million Americans are victims of crime each year, and 4.3 million of them are victims of violent crimes. Gov. Dennis Daugaard supports the rights of those victims and has declared April 10-16, 2011, as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in South Dakota.

“Our state recognizes that by assisting victims of crimes we make our homes, neighborhoods and communities stronger and safer,” said Kim Malsam-Rysdon, secretary of the Department of Social Services. “By working together, we can help crime victims rebuild their lives, ensure they receive the support they need and the respect they deserve.”

The Department of Social Services administers the state Crime Victims Compensation Program, which offers financial assistance to victims of violent crimes. The program can pay victims of state, tribal, or federal crimes, up to $15,000 for expenses incurred as a direct result of personal injury or death. Not all crimes or expenses are covered, and claims submitted are dependent on specific eligibility criteria. The funds used to provide assistance to victims of violent crimes come from fines and penalties that are levied on misdemeanor and felony convictions.

Observing victims’ rights and treating victims with dignity and respect serves the public interest by engaging victims in the justice system, inspiring respect for public authorities and promoting confidence in public safety.

For more information visit the Crime Victims’ Compensation Program page on this site or call 1-800-696-9476.