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Bowman Joins Office As Victims’ Advocate

By Staff | Jul 9, 2014

From left, Terry Long becomes a full-time investigator for Wetzel County Prosecutor Timothy Haught, while Aimee Bowman takes the position of full-time victims’ advocate. (Photo by Lauren Matthews)

Timothy E. Haught, prosecuting attorney for Wetzel County, would like to announce the hiring of Aimee Bowman as the new Victim’s Advocate for Wetzel County beginning July 1.

Bowman was previously employed by the YWCA-Family Violence Protection Program as a Domestic Violence Advocate from November 2009 until June 25, 2014. In that position, she advocated for victims of domestic violence. She has attended criminal court hearings and family court hearings. As well, she has visited all Wetzel County Schools and talked about “Teen Dating Violence” and “Bullying.” She collaborated with the Wetzel County Senior Center and spoke on Elder Abuse. In 2011 she collaborated with Paden City High School and started a “Respect Club” for the middle/high school students, which was a club for students to become aware of their peers and the dangers of teen dating violence and bullying.

During her four-and-a-half years as Domestic Violence Advocate, she has attended numerous trainings and workshops and received certificates for completion of the same. She also became a certified Domestic Violence Advocate in November 2012 and attended the Victims Assistance Academy.

Bowman will replace long-time Victim’s Advocate Terry Long. He will became full-time Investigator for the Prosecutor’s Office beginning July 1. Long has worked in a dual position as part-time Victim’s Advocate and part-time Investigator for the Prosecutor’s Office for the past 10 years. Prior to working at the Prosecutor’s Office, Long was a Deputy Sheriff with the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office for six years. He is a graduate of Hundred High School, Fairmont State College, and the West Virginia State Police Academy. In the position of Victim’s Advocate, he has advocated for victims of crime in Wetzel County. In this position as investigator, he has worked as a liaison between law enforcement and the Prosecutor’s Office.

Long has also attended numerous trainings to further his education in the field of Victim’s Advocacy and Investigator. He has worked as a facilitator for Finding Words West Virginia which trains individuals how to interview children of crimes. He is also a forensic interviewer.