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Indiana AG's Office Creates Advocacy Division For Violent And Sexual Crime Victims

Brandon Smith
Indiana Public Broadcasting

Attorney General Greg Zoeller is launching a new division within his office aimed at boosting services for victims of violent and sexual crimes. 

Indiana’s hundreds of victim advocates currently operate separately across the state in shelters, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices and hospitals. 

The Attorney General’s new Victim Services and Outreach Division will launch the Victim Advocates’ Network to coordinate information and training.  Zoeller says the network will link up various advocacy efforts.

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Training Coordinator Caryn Burton says the AG’s new network emphasizes that addressing the sexual assault and domestic abuse crisis is a team effort.

“So not only criminal justice advocates and prosecutors’ offices and law enforcement offices, but also our nonprofit advocates,” Burton says.

The new division and advocate network will be created by reorganizing existing resources within the Attorney General’s office.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.
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