A RESOLUTION

No. _________

Recognizing February 28, 2017 as Prosecution-Based Victim Advocacy Day in Georgia; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, on February 28, 2017, the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia will sponsor Prosecution-based Victim Advocacy Day in Georgia at the Capitol; and

WHEREAS, legislators are encouraged to join with prosecution-based victim advocates, district attorneys, and solicitors-general from across the state to recognize the important role of prosecution-based victim advocates and to increase awareness of their mission of providing support to victims of all crimes; and

WHEREAS, it is equally as important that our individual counties across the state join with these victim advocates in our district attorneys and solicitors-general offices, to support victims of crime by recognizing the importance of prosecution-based victim services; and

WHEREAS, since the enactment of the Georgia Crime Victims' Bill of over 20 years ago, individuals impacted by violent and property crimes are afforded certain rights to guide them toward restoration, and through the prosecution-based victim advocates, district attorney and solicitor-general offices statewide are the only service agencies mandated to serve all crime victims; and

WHEREAS, prosecution-based victim advocates are present and available to guide these individuals through what can be a confusing, complicated judicial process from the earliest stages through post-adjudication, and victim advocacy personnel assist with obtaining compensation through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and appropriate restitution through the courts; and

WHEREAS, prosecution-based victim advocacy personnel make referrals to professional and other community resources, provide notification of all judicial proceedings; and support to all crime victims; and

WHEREAS, each judicial circuit and county has unique needs, resources, and services, and the advocates work to insure the victim's full participation in the judicial process; and

WHEREAS, the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia's Victim Services Office provides direct services, consultation, training, networking, and professional development to advocate personnel, and they also present the needs and concerns of crime victims to the community, elected officials, agencies, and public policy makers through education, resources, collaboration, and advocacy; and

WHEREAS, the Victim Services Office is committed to unifying this state's victim advocate personnel in voice, purpose, professionalism and vision; providing training and orientation for new advocates and volunteers; providing training to advocates, prosecutors, investigators, community officials, and the public regarding crime victim issues; assisting with collaboration between advocacy agencies; assisting with requested training of law enforcement officers and agencies, including but not limited to training on domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, criminal process, civil justice, compassion fatigue, and sexual assault; providing up-to-date information through consultation, networking, personal, ethical and professional development, and training to prosecution-based victim advocates; supporting prosecution- based advocates as they serve all crime victims in Georgia as mandated by the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

The members of this Council recognize the importance of prosecution-based victim advocates and their mission to support victims of all crimes; and we hereby declare February 28, 2017, as Prosecution-based Victim Advocacy Day in Columbus, Georgia.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 14th day of February, 2017, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting ____________.
Councilor Baker voting ____________.
Councilor Barnes voting ____________.
Councilor Davis voting ____________.
Councilor Garrett voting ____________.
Councilor Henderson voting ____________.
Councilor Huff voting ____________.
Councilor Pugh voting ____________.
Councilor Thomas voting ____________.
Councilor Woodson voting ____________.



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LINDSEY GLISSON TERESA PIKE TOMLINSON
DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL MAYOR