The signature event honoring crime victims in Texas.
Note: Tickets are not required to attend this event, but it is helpful if you let us know you are coming by requesting a ticket. Thanks!
7:00 - 7:30 PM reception with light refreshments
7:30 - 8:30 PM ceremony This event will be live streamed.
Click Here to go to the live streaming website.
|Brooks Douglass is a victim, survivor, father, husband, brother, and son. At a young age, Mr. Douglass and his sister, Leslie, were both shot and witnessed the murder of their mother and father in their own home. In attempt to address some of the injustices that he and his sister faced as crime victims, Brooks enrolled in law school. One month before receiving his law degree, he was elected as the youngest State Senator in Oklahoma history. Since then, Mr. Douglass has been serving victims of crime and changing laws to help guide victims through the criminal justice system. Mr. Douglass also co-wrote and produced the movie Heaven’s Rain about his life, in which he played his father.|
Brooke Elise Axtell is an award-winning singer, songwriter, poet and performing artist from Austin, Texas. As a Contributing Writer for Forbes, she covers gender equality and women’s leadership. She is the Founder of SHE:Survivor Healing + Empowerment, a healing community for survivors of rape, abuse and sex-trafficking. Brooke is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S. + recently joined The Truth Panel for The Frederick Douglass Family Foundation to speak out on the issue of human trafficking. Her work as a writer and activist has been featured in many media outlets including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Psychology Today, The Washington Times and Fox News.
Carol Tompkins is a survivor of an aggravated rape with a deadly weapon. Carol is a personal safety advocate at her workplace and serves on the company safety team. She can sense when a person has been through a traumatic event and is grateful to be able to listen to others and show compassion. Ms. Tompkins has been a victim advocate since joining the statewide crime victim advocacy organization, People Against Violent Crime (PAVC) in 1997. She currently serves as the historian for PAVC. Carol has been speaking on Victim Impact panels since 1998 and feels this is an opportunity to offer insight that will help service providers to better serve victims and their families. Carol feels that a survivor spends a lifetime in recovery putting the pieces back together. Carol has a grown daughter and son who are her pride and joy.
Travis County Crime Victims Rights Essay Contest winners will also be announced.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Free parking is available in the church parking lots.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No ticket is required for admission.
When & Where
Crime Victims' Rights Week Planning Committee
Crime Victims' Rights Week events are planned and hosted by a coalition of over 23 non-profit organizations and government offices.
This project is supported by a National Crime Victims' Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.
CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK PLANNING COMMITTEE:
Advancing Victim Rights Law in Texas Workgroup
Austin Police Department
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas
Crime Victims’ Institute, Sam Houston State University
For the Love of Christi
Institute for Restorative Justice, UT - Austin
Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, UT - Austin
Mothers Against Drunk Driving
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
People Against Violent Crime
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Texas Council on Family Violence
Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Legal Services Center
Texas Office of the Attorney General
Texas Office of the Governor
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Texas District and County Attorneys Association
Texas Victim Services Association