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Volunteers Help Out Strangers in Tough Times -- More Help Needed

May 14, 2007

Victim advocates play a critical role in Colorado communities by offering a hand to hold or shoulder to cry on after a crime has been committed. Donna Herod, who won a Colorado "Jefferson Award" for her work as a volunteer with the Delta Police Department says advocates are on-call around the clock to support victims of domestic abuse and other crimes.

“They may not have anybody that is there, and they're just bewildered and they don't know who to go to because they're in such shock a lot of times. And if they don't have any family there, somebody needs to be there to give them that support.”

Chris Olson is president of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. He notes victim advocates play a critical role in many departments.

“They're highly important, and I know they're used throughout the state in many agencies. Those folks who have access to them are very appreciative of the work they do.”

Herod encourages anyone who is interested to contact their local emergency services to find out if there is a need for volunteer victim advocates. She adds that there may be training and some long nights involved, but the rewards are well worth the sacrifice.

“I say anybody that has some free time should try it. They will be rewarded more than the people that they're helping.”

You can contact your local police or emergency services to learn more about being a victim advocate.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - CO