Henderson County Attorney receives victim’s advocate grant

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HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) – The Henderson County Attorney’s Office has received a grant to help victims of crime.

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet awarded the grant to fund a full-time Victim’s Advocate in the office to offer direct services to crime victims.

The Victim’s Advocate is designed to help provide resources for victims to move forward.

The attorney’s office says adding this position to the office staff has been a long-standing goal.

“This is great news for crime victims in Henderson County. It has been a goal of mine since day one on the job. As prosecutors, we strive to ensure that victims are given a voice and afforded all rights under the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights, but we generally don’t have the specialized training to do the kind of things that Victim’s Advocates do to help fully restore the lives of those affected by crime.”

Victim’s Advocates offer and coordinate victim services to crime victims by guiding them through the criminal justice system. They tell them about upcoming court dates and work with to get the pertinent information to prosecute the case.

Victim’s Advocates also make referrals to other community agencies, such as shelters or counseling, and assist victims of violent crimes in developing safety plans.

The Henderson County Attorney’s Office is one of 135 Kentucky programs to receive funding this year through the federal Victims of Crimes Act grant program.

If you’re interested in this position, you can find the job description and other information here.

All resumes should be sent via email to countyattorney@hendersonky.us.

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(This story was originally published on November 12, 2019)

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