What's your job title at AVP and how would you describe what you do here?
I currently work as a Victim/Witness Advocate for AVP. My responsibilities include helping crime victims file for compensation, attending court proceedings with victims or witnesses to crime, and aiding victims throughout the criminal justice process in whatever way they may need.
Why did you decide to get into victim services?
I always knew that I wanted to be in a profession where I could help people on a daily basis and where I could make a difference in someone’s life. The defining moment for me was when I started my internship with Families of Murder Victims in 2017. I interned with FMV for two semesters and loved feeling like I could bring a sense of relief to someone by making them feel that they are never alone in this process. When someone becomes a victim of crime, it is difficult for them to know where to begin in their grieving/healing process and I like to feel that I can assist them the best way that I know how to.
What part of your job means the most to you?
Working in victim services is an extremely rewarding profession. Being able to bring a sense of relief to someone in a time of crisis when their entire world is spinning makes me feel like I have truly made a difference in their life even in the slightest. I enjoy making people feel like they are never walking alone through their grieving/healing process and that someone is always in their corner.
Is there anything you'd like to focus more of your effort toward as you further define your role here?
As I continue working with AVP, I would like to bring more of a focus to the victims who often may be overlooked by criminal justice officials. I have a strong interest in working with victims of intimate partner violence. When most people think of IPV, they often think of a heterosexual relationship where the woman falls victim to abuse at the hands of her male partner. I would like to bring more of a focus to male victims of IPV, or victims of IPV who are in same-sex relationships. I believe by doing so, we would make a difference in more people’s lives than we already have.