WEIS Radio reports that two women have been hired to serve as Victim Service Officers for the Ninth Circuit in Cherokee and DeKalb Counties. This hiring comes after Governor Kay Ivey awarded the state with a $6.3 million grant in December of last year. Abbey Dawson and Sherri Stewart have been hired along with 86 other Certified Victim Officers across the state to represent the 41 judicial circuits.
Ninth Circuit District Attorney Mike O’Dell says this is a major benefit for victims, victims’ families, and district attorneys across the state. Victim Service Officers take on the responsibility of helping crime victims understand the court process in addition to ensuring that they are aware of other community resources that will assist them and more. Dawson will work at the Cherokee Office and Stewart will be at DeKalb’s.