BATAVIA, Ohio (March 23, 2018) – in 2017, victim advocates in Clermont County came to the aid of 2,500 victims of crime in the county.
This included 344 cases of adult assault, 342 cases of burglary, 110 cases of child abuse, 723 cases of domestic violence, and 695 cases of theft or financial crime. And there were many more.
Stephanie Ross, program director of the Victim Advocate Program for the Prosecutor’s Office, relayed these numbers to Clermont County Commissioners on March 21 during weekly Session. Commissioners proclaimed the week of April 8-14 National Crime Victims Week in Clermont County.
Working out of the Prosecutor’s Office, victim advocates help their clients navigate a complex court system. They refer victims to social service agencies. They help victims get compensation.
Advocates can be a voice for victims when the victims cannot find their own voice.
To honor Crime Victims Week, a luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m on Thursday, April 12, at Pattison Park Lodge, 2228 US 50, Batavia.
This year, the lunch will feature speakers Darren Miller, chief assistant prosecutor; Chief Deputy Chris Stratton of the Clermont Sheriff’s Office, and Jennifer, a survivor of domestic violence.
This community event is open to the public. Those who would like to attend should RSVP Ross at 513.732.7263 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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