The Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds wants you to know that April 10-16 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s theme is Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. The State’s Attorney’s Office encourages community members to report incidents of crime and promote awareness and public education about crime during the annual observance. The bipartisan Victims of Crime Act, passed by Congress in 1984, created a national fund to ease victims’ suffering. Financed by fines and penalties paid by offenders, the Crime Victims Fund supports services for victims of all types of crime, including assistance for homicide survivors, survivors of child sexual abuse, and victims of human trafficking as well as rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs among others. VOCA also funds victim compensation programs that pay victims’ out-of-pocket expenses such as counseling, funeral expenses, and lost wages. For more information, contact the State’s Attorney’s Office at 618-833-7216. Additional information is also available at www.victimsofcrime.org.