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OREGON ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROSECUTOR

December 11, 2009

The Oregon Department of Justice is seeking applications for a new prosecutor's position in the Criminal Justice Division

Attorney General John Kroger today announced that he will use federal grant money to hire a Domestic Violence Prosecutor.

"The rash of domestic-related violence demonstrates the overwhelming need to combat this problem," said Attorney General Kroger. "It's crucial that we work together as a state to reduce family abuse."

Since the beginning of November, six women and three children have been killed in a rash of family-related abuse. The Department of Justice is seeking applicants for an Assistant Attorney General to serve as the new Domestic Violence Prosecutor in the Criminal Justice Division.

"The Department of Justice has an essential role to play in the coordinated community response to the public health and safety crisis posed by domestic violence in our state," said Sybil Hebb, director of legislative advocacy for the Oregon Law Center. "We are thrilled that the new Domestic Violence Prosecutor will be able to lead the state's best practice prosecution response to this epidemic. Victim advocates look forward to working with the new position."

Domestic violence and family abuse take a great toll on some of the most vulnerable citizens in our state. District Attorneys, law enforcement, and service providers work hard to respond to the needs in this area. Through a grant under the STOP Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice is now able to provide support to increase the capability of the state's prosecutors and the criminal justice system to effectively identify, investigate, and prosecute domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

The attorney selected for this position will work cooperatively with statewide partners to develop, coordinate and provide training programs for prosecutors, law-enforcement officers, service providers and others on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The attorney will also provide technical assistance and legal research to prosecutors and at times handle the prosecution of complex cases. The attorney will develop training materials, best-practice policies and other publications and serve on councils, committees and other groups as requested to assist in the development of a statewide approach to these issues.

Bruce Goldberg, M.D., director of Oregon Department of Human Services, emphasized the need for collaboration between his agency and the Department of Justice.

"As a state we must find a way to get women the immediate protection they need," Dr. Goldberg said. "We also must reduce the culture of violence. Fathers, husbands, and boyfriends who need it must get help, too."

Attorney General John Kroger leads the Oregon Department of Justice. The Department's mission is to fight crime and fraud, protect the environment, improve child welfare, and defend the rights of all Oregonians.

Contact:

Tony Green, (503) 378-6002 tony.green@doj.state.or.us |
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