Three members of the Guernsey County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program recently attended the Ohio Attorney Generalâs 2013 Conference on Victim Assistance â Two Days In May.
The volunteers attending the conference from Guernsey County included Julia Dowling, Kathy Walters and Cheryl Gadd.
This yearâs conference was held on May 13 and 14 in Columbus, and featured nationally recognized experts in crime assistance, law enforcement, criminal justice, medicine and victims themselves, who shared their knowledge of ways to improve outreach and service to crime victims. Valuable information and tools to enhance the important work of helping crime victims was the topic of discussion.
Among the featured speakers were Attorney General Mike DeWine, as well as Julie Kenniston and Doug Delong, who discussed Male Victimization: Looking Beyond the Case Study and into the Life of a Survivor.
Additional topics and classes highlighted were: Crisis Intervention; Witness Intimidation and Manipulation; Violence Prevention; Grief Through the Eyes of a Sibling; School Shootings; Child/Adolescent Response to Critical Incidents; Domestic Violence and Dating Violence, among many others.
The Court Appointed Special Advocates are considered the eyes and ears of the Court by assisting neglected and abused children through the legal system. These volunteers serve as fact-finder for the Court, speak for the child in the courtroom, and continue to monitor the child during the life of the case. The CASA Program was established in Guernsey County through the Juvenile Court in 1991.