RESPONDING TO VICTIMS OF CRIME AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Helping victims of domestic violence and other crimes is a key role of the criminal justice system, but one that is sometimes misunderstood. To help those in the criminal justice community better address the needs of victims, a conference entitled "Responding to Victims of Crime and Domestic Violence", was held on November 8 and 9, 2010 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dover. T
he conference was sponsored by the Delaware Courts, the Department of Correction/Office of Probation and Parole, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, with funding from the Criminal Justice Council, and was designed to bring new insights on assisting victims to those who work in the domestic violence area.
Among the many speakers at the two-day conference were Norm Early, a former District Attorney from Denver who developed that City's victim's assistance program, Jennifer Long, Director of AEQUITAS, the prosecutor's resource on violence against women, and Debbie Puglisi Sharp, a victim's advocate who has lived through violence in her own life. Over 225 judges, court staff, attorneys from the Department of Justice and the Office of Public Defender, probation and parole officers and victim advocates attended the conference. One attendee remarked on their evaluation: "This conference is one of the best educational programs that I have attended in years."
On April 4, 2011, Patricia W. Griffin, Delaware State Court Administrator, received the "Mission" Award from the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts for her contributions towards advancing equal access to justice for linguistic minorities. Ms. Griffin currently serves as the Conference of State Court Administrators representative to the Consortium and previously served as Chair of the Consortium from 1999 " 2001. The Consortium for Language Access in the Courts is a national organization of 41 member states whose mission is to promote equal access to justice in the courts and tribunals by eliminating language barriers for persons with limited English proficiency.