During his campaign, promised to focus the efforts of the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office on reducing family violence; specifically violence against women, sexual assaults and crimes against children.
We are pleased to announce that the Sheriff’s Office and the Missoula City-County Relationship Violence Services partnered to create the first ever Crime Victim Advocate position to work in our office alongside our detectives and deputies to make sure victims have access to the resources they need, such as crucial advocate services.
“We are committed to raising the bar on how we support victims during what could be the most difficult time in their lives. We know this partnership will go a long way to empowering victims and furthering our mission of serving and protecting in the Missoula community” said Sheriff TJ McDermott.
Crime Victim Advocate Rebecca Calabrese was selected for the position. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Montana and is a highly trained advocate.
Shantelle Gaynor is the Supervisor for Relationship Violence Services. She states, “Victims of crime need and deserve specialized services. When advocate services are offered, victims report that they feel heard and supported through a very challenging time.
Having advocates co-located with law enforcement ensures that these services are integrated into the entire process – from when a victim first reports an assault, to the end of a case. This is the best practice across the nation. We are proud to partner with the Sheriff’s Office to provide these services to Missoula County residents.”