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

May 15, 2015

Attorney General Greg Zoeller hopes to bring together what is currently a disparate system of advocates spread across the state.
Credit 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.