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Salt Lake Co. DA's Office launches victim support division

Posted at 12:33 PM, Feb 27, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office is launching a new division to help people heal from trauma and navigate the justice system.

It’s called the Victim Support Services Division.

It focuses on delivering comprehensive support to help people heal from trauma, encourage victims to pursue justice and end generational abuse.

It also helps to change the process and procedures for a systemic change without interaction with law enforcement and works to move cases through the justice system promoting, hope, healing and justice.

“We have both a moral and ethical duty to create a system that is going to interact with a victim in a respectful and interactive way and we do the institutional changes that are necessary to deliver on that measure of justice, sometimes perfect, sometimes imperfect but the victim is front and center,” said Sim Gill the Salt Lake County District Attorney.

Gill says this division is all about the victim and focuses on the victim’s needs.

“Our purpose then, is to support crime victims as they navigate through the criminal justice process, paying close attention to how they experience trauma, how they process trauma, and ultimately how they recover from trauma,” said Gill.

Part of the new division will also provide post case services to victims. Showing the victim that even after their case has made it through the justice system, the District Attorney’s Office will still be there to help with continued healing.