Victim’s Advocate Offers Support
Leslie Elliot, of the Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, wants to spread the word that next week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Elliot, the Victim’s Advocate at the Wetzel County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, helps to ensure that those rights are met.
The Victim’s Advocate position, at the prosecuting attorney’s office, assisted 150 Wetzel County victims last year, related to a record number of misdemeanors and felonies that the office handled. Elliot’s position is funded fully thanks to the Victims Of Crime Act (VOCA) grant.
Elliot has been the Victim’s Advocate for less than a year. However, she has worked almost eight years at the prosecutor’s office. And furthermore, she has an education in child development and human resources. This education and experience, combined with a passion for helping others, has driven her passion for her work.
As a Victim’s Advocate, once Elliot receives a police report on a crime, she offers support to the victim in a variety of ways.
Elliot may visit the victim at his/her home, offer transportation to court or counseling, explain the court process, connect the victim with other helpful/counseling resources, and more.
Elliot said there are some victims that may seem like they have no support. However, she wants them to know that they do have support – through her.
“There is somebody there that wants to help them and assist them… it’s nice to have someone there.”
Elliot hopes to further extend a helping hand, in hopes of preventing crime. She hopes to start visiting the local schools to spread the word, and hopefully combat or prevent, dating violence, domestic assault, and more.
And in the meantime, in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a free self-defense class is being sponsored by the Wetzel County Prosecutor’s Office.
The class will be Tuesday, April 25 at the Tae Kwon Do studio on 275 North Street Route 2, next to Valley Cinema 3.
The class is to honor and spread awareness of Victims’ Rights and will be instructed by Justin Craft, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.
Limited space is available, so please RSVP by one week in advance.
The class is for ages 16 and up, and complimentary water will be available.