Two Meigs Victim Advocates to attend Dallas conference

By Lindsay Kriz -

POMEROY — Beginning this Sunday, two of Meigs County’s own Meigs County Victim Assistance employees, Theda Petrasko and Shelley Kemper, will be attending the National Organization of Victim Assistance Conference in Dallas according to Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams.

The conference ends Aug. 19. Meigs County Victims Assistance is one of 35 organizations in Ohio that was awarded a grant to attend the conference. The grant was awarded by Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine.

NOVA is one of the longest-standing annual training conferences for victim advocates, officials said. Petrasko said the conference trains MCVA employees to help during crises situations for a week. There will be more than 100 workshops for advanced and intermediate advocates during the conference. Some educational topics will include restorative justice, homicide issues, program management, counseling and advocacy, sexual assault, domestic violence, special concerns for victims with disabilities, children and the elderly, collaboration and public policy.

This training can also provide a full year of what is known as “continuing education units” for advocates so that they can keep their registered advocacy certification. This certification requires 20 hours a year of continuing education.

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-444-4303.

By Lindsay Kriz