The Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office honored Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a unique twist. It developed an “On the Table” campaign for area restaurants, which lets local victims of crime know that help is available in the community.
“We wanted to get the message out about local organizations that provide critical services for crime victims,” said prosecutor’s office Victim Advocate Janice Carpenter. “We brainstormed and developed an “On the Table” campaign.
Traditionally, the prosecutor’s office holds an annual spring luncheon to highlight groups that champion victims’ rights. The event was cancelled two years in a row due to COVID-19, so the prosecutor’s office decided to “think outside the box,” Carpenter said.
The Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office team designed the placemats and partnered with an agency that printed and distributed campaign placemats to seven area eateries. The paper mats include the names and contact information for local organizations that assist crime victims. Some of the agencies are: LACASA Center, Livingston Family Center, Mental Health Crisis Center, and The Connection Youth Services.
“Local area restaurants use placemats for business advertisements and upcoming community events. We found it a perfect opportunity to bring it to the public’s attention in an informal setting,” said Carpenter. “These businesses are raising awareness about organizations that provide local assistance for crime victims. We want victims to know that help is available and they are not alone.”
Restaurants participating in the “On the Table” initiative are: All Star Coney Island and Golden House Restaurant in Howell; Cajun Joe’s and L’il Chef in Brighton; Fowlerville Farms Family Restaurant and Great Lakes Family Restaurant in Fowlerville; and American Legion #419 in Pinckney.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, with the theme being “Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.” The week serves as a reminder about the importance of building community support for victims of crime.
The Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office works to protect the rights and safety of Livingston County residents by prosecuting criminal offenses. To learn more about local victim assistance and victim rights, visit https://www.livgov.com/prosecutor/Pages/Victim-Assistance.aspx.
Photo by Jessica Bergum