Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney, Jason D. Holdren, is proud to announce the recent grant approval for a second full-time victim’s advocate in the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office. “This position is 100% funded by Federal money and will be no cost to Gallia County,” Holdren said. “Historically, this office has employed one advocate to cover all types of crime. I would like to thank Regina Brown, the Director of Victim Services, for her service to our community and pursuing grant funding for an additional advocate.”
The Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Assistance Program carries out many essential functions in the local criminal justice system, such as: informing victims of their rights, keeping victims informed of court dates and events occurring in their cases, providing counselling referrals, assisting in completing victim impact statements for the court and victims of crime applications, speaking for victims in court, and safety planning. This new position will allow the office to expand services to victims in the Juvenile Court system.
“Since taking office earlier this year, it has been my goal to obtain funding for an additional advocate for my office. We have handled a multitude of cases this year involving crimes of violence, property crimes, and crimes against children and it was clear to me that we needed an additional advocate to serve the needs of these crime victims and families in Gallia County,” Holdren stated. Regina Brown will continue to work with victims of felony crime; while the new advocate, Christy Perkins, will concentrate on serving victims of juvenile crime.