Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Hosts Victim Assistants Conference

Press Release Date:  Friday, March 13, 2015  
Contact Information:  Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Victims Advocacy are proud to host the 2015 Victim Assistants Conference March 16-17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 830 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Ky. Attorney General Conway will make opening remarks at the conference beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 16. More than 200 victim service providers, advocates, social workers, prosecutors and law enforcement from across Kentucky are expected to attend the conference designed to alert advocates and others about pressing crime and violence issues.

"I want Kentuckians to know that my investigators, prosecutors and victim advocates work every day to make our communities safer and to ensure justice and healing for victims of crime," said Attorney General Conway. "This year, we will be focusing our efforts on coordinating services and breaking the cycle of violence."

Last year, General Conway's Office of Victims Advocacy received In 2014, my Office of Victims Advocacy provided resource referrals to more than 7,000 victims, victim advocates, and victim service providers. The office also trained more than 800 victim advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement through various initiatives.

This year's conference theme is "Engaging Communities – Empowering Victims." A special focus is on child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. The training provided helps victim advocates coordinate services with other community agencies in the hope of stopping the cycle of violence.

The Office of the Attorney General provides funding for the Victim Assistants Conference. Additional funding for the conference was provided by the Crime Victims' Trust fund, administered through the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board.

The Office of Victims Advocacy also administers and monitors the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board, which Attorney General Conway chairs. It funds child sexual abuse prevention programs and oversees the tax check-off and license plate projects for the Child Victims' Trust Fund.