Survivors Council

​​​The Survivors Council advises and assists the Office of the Attorney General on matters related to victims of crime, including but not limited to awareness initiatives; training efforts; and publications, policy, and legislative initiatives. Its purpose is to ensure that these efforts are victim-centered, effective and responsive to the needs of diverse victims.

What does it mean to be victim-centered?

The Federal Office of Victims of Crime defines a victim-centered approach as one which seeks to minimize retraumatization associated with the criminal justice process by:

  • Providing the support of victim advocates and service providers;
  • Empowering survivors as engaged participants in the process;
  • Providing survivors an opportunity to play a role in seeing their offenders brought to justice.

What is the structure of the Council?

The Executive Director of the Office of Victims Advocacy facilitates meetings of the Survivors Council. The Council meets quarterly (four times a year) in Frankfort at the Office of the Attorney General, and members are appointed for up to a two-year term.

Meeting Schedule

​June 5, 2020
         12 p.m. Survivors Council Special Meeting                             Zoom Video Conference 
                               agenda  minutes
​July 10, 2020  
​         12 p.m. Survivors Council Meeting 
         Zoom Video Conference 
 agenda  minutes
​August 28, 2020
​        12 p.m. Survivors Council Special Meeting
        Zoom Video Conference 
 agenda  minutes
October 9, 2020
​        12 p.m. Survivors Council Meeting       
         Zoom Video Conference
agenda   minutes
​May 5, 2021        
​         2 p.m. Survivors Council Special Meeting
         Zoom Video Conference 
​agenda    minutes

​July 8, 2021 
​       1 p.m. EST Survivors Council Regular Meeting
        1024 Capital Complex East, Suite 200
agenda    minutes
​October 7, 2021
​       1 p.m. EST Survivors Council Regular Meeting
​agenda    minutes
​Feb. 10, 2022
​     1 p.m. EST Survivors Council Regular Meeting 
     Video Conference 

agenda​    minutes
​June 9, 2022 
​     1 p.m. EST Survivors Council Regular Meeting
     Video Conference ​
agenda​   minutes
​September 8, 2022
​    1 p.m. EST Survivors Council Regular Meeting
    Video Conference
agenda  minutes

Does the Council provide any services to the public?

Many members of the Survivors Council are available to provide speaking, training, and technical assistance to agencies. Topics include but are not limited to: child abuse awareness; human trafficking; child marriage; speak out support workshops for survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse; phases of victim-grooming (recognizing the signs); grief and bereavement training; bullying and cyberbullying; self-care; campus sexual assault; non-profit and law enforcement collaboration; learning from a survivor-led organization; best practices for communities and survivors of mass shooting; Darkness to Light; Stewards of Children; linking child sexual abuse to the life-altering effects of adult survivors; strength-based soul care for adult survivors—a faith-based, trauma-informed response to abuse in the church; childhood trauma- trauma-sensitive schools; trauma-informed care; Title IX; and dating violence/sexual assault. To request training or a speaker, contact the Office of Victims Advocacy at 502- 696-5312.


Crime Victims' Information Guide (1.03 MB pdf)

Morgan Barnes
Marcy DuPlessis
Ricardo Franklin
Secret Holt
Shellena Harmon
Julie Horen-Easley
Annell Lough
Kathleen Niestadt
Mercedes Santos Tellez
Amy Schumacher
Hilary Sykes
Jennique Tipton
Kathleen Thomassy 
Christine Whelan