Corbett’s Victim Advocate Appointee, Jennifer Storm, Sworn in to Office
Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today joined
statewide victim service providers and law enforcement officials and Montgomery
County District Court Judge Thomas Rogers for the swearing-in ceremony of
Jennifer Storm as the Commonwealth’s new Victim Advocate.
“Jennifer Storm’s expertise,
achievements, and personal commitment to the rights of victims will have a
tremendous impact on victims and their families,” Governor Corbett said.
“I am confident that her considerable talents and the goals she has identified
will put Pennsylvania’s Office of the Victim Advocate at the forefront of
service to victims.”
Referencing her previous
experience as a victim advocate at the county level, Storm stated, “Too many times I have been with a
victim at the scene of a crime or sitting in the living room of strangers who
have just learned their child was murdered and witnessed the range of emotions
that overcomes a person under such tragic circumstances. This is not the
time to learn about rights or services.
“It is my primary goal to ensure
that the Office of the Victim Advocate is on the forefront of education for
victim rights, services, and availability.”
The Office of the Victim
Advocate was created in 1995 to represent the rights and interests of crime
victims before the Board of Probation and Parole and the Department of
Corrections. The OVA provides notification to crime victims of the potential
for inmate release, opportunity to provide testimony, and notification of the
inmate’s movement within the correctional system.
“The Board looks forward
to working with Jennifer and continuing the cooperative relationship that
allows for victims’ concerns to be heard by decision makers,” said Michael C.
Potteiger, chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
“We value the input of victims as we seek to make parole decisions that we know
will affect their lives.”
coordinators on staff at the Office of the Victim Advocate work with local
advocates at community-based victim services programs and also with advocates
in county district attorney’s offices to ensure that all victims of crime who
have requested post-sentencing services receive the compassionate and
individual attention and advocacy that they require.
“Jennifer has dedicated her career
to ensuring crime victims are afforded the rights and services that they are
entitled to under the law and has personally provided first response services
to more than 1,000 crime victims,” said Linda Rosenberg, executive director of
the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. “She has a deep
personal commitment to ensuring victim’s voices are heard and that they are
always treated with dignity and respect.”
“On behalf of Pennsylvania’s
prosecutors, I congratulate Jennifer Storm on her appointment as Pennsylvania’s
Victim Advocate,” said David Freed, president of the Pennsylvania District
Attorneys Association and district attorney of Cumberland County. “Jen is
a powerful and inspirational writer, speaker and teacher. More
importantly for prosecutors, Jen is a tireless advocate who has the compassion
to share a victim’s pain and the fortitude to speak up on a victim’s
behalf. Jen’s compelling personal experience as a crime victim combines
with all of her other attributes to make her the best choice for this vital
position. We look forward to working with her to continue to speak up for
law abiding citizens across the Commonwealth.”
“PCAR and its network of rape crisis
programs looks forward to maintaining a tradition of providing a continuum of
victims' rights and services in collaboration with the Commonwealth's Victim
Advocate,” said Diane Moyer, legal director of the Pennsylvania Coalition
PCAR and the Pennsylvania Coalition
Against Domestic Violence and other victim services organizations work with the
OVA on policy, legislative and advocacy issues for victims.
Storm, of Camp Hill,
Cumberland County, has served for the past 10 years as executive director of
the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program.
The author of several
books and magazine articles, Storm has received numerous honors for her
Victims have many rights in
Pennsylvania. Some rights require the victim to ask or register to
receive them. For more information, visit the Office of the Victim
Advocate at www.ova.state.pa.us.
Jay Pagni, Governor’s Office,
Sherry Tate, Pennsylvania Board of
Probation and Parole, 717-231-4411