In January 2017, the Survivors Council was created to advise and assist 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 Survivors Council is co-chaired by a member of the Council and the Director of the Office of Victims Advocacy. 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.
Following a year of advocacy work and empowering other survivors, the Council issued a report outlining recommendations on how Kentucky can improve the Commonwealth's efforts to better support survivors of violent crimes.
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