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8VICTIMWITNESSDIVISIONPattyWheelerDirectoroftheVictimWitnessDivisionandherstaffworkdiligentlyeverydaytoassurevictimrightsareupheldandneededsupportisgiven.EachCountyAttorneysofcehasaVictimWitnessstaffmemberassignedtoitsothatnomatterwhatareaofthecountyapersoncomesfromtheyhavesomeonewhoknowstheircommunityandtheservicesavailableinit.StaffhandledthousandsofphonecallstextsandemailsfromvictimsandwitnessesensuringtheMinnesotaCrimeVictimRightslawsareupheld.Oftenvictimsarefeelingafraidorconfusedandwitnessesmightbefrustratedorevenangrywithasystemtheydonotunderstand.Howeverinformationaboutcourtadvocacynoticationofhearingdatestrialpreparationandamyriadofotherissuesarecompetentlyandcompassionatelydealtwithbytheadvocates.Evenwhennothingcanbedonethroughlegalchannelstoassisttheseindividualscommunityresourcesareofferedthatcanhelpavictimfeeltheyhaveavoiceintheprocess.CollaborativeeffortswithFirstWitnessChildAdvocacyCenterProgramforAidtoVictimsofSexualAssaultPAVSAMenasPeacemakersSafeHavenDomesticAbuseInterventionProjectDAIPRangeAdvocatesforFamilyPeaceandothercommunitymembersassistincarryingoutthegoaloftheofcewhichistobethevoiceforthepeoplewhohavebeenvictimized.TheSt.LouisCountyAttorneysYouthAccountabilityProgramisanalternativetoJuvenileCourtandisoperativecountywide.LoriUlviJamieVarichakandElaineLeeVictimWitnessServicesstaffofferjuvenileschargedwiththeftunderageconsumptioncurfewviolationsandotherlow-leveloffensesanopportunitytoparticipateinaccountabilityandcommunityserviceprogramming.IntheDulutharearestorativejusticecirclesareofferedasanalternativetoappearinginJuvenileCourtforsomeoffenses.JuvenilesmustmeeteligibilityrequirementsandYouthAccountabilityteachesthemhowtheircrimesaffectnotonlytheirfamiliesbutalsoothersinthecommunity.Ifalcoholisaproblemtheylearnhowtheirusagemayleadtootherdangerousbehaviors.Successfulcompletionoftheprogramkeepsthecrimeoffthejuvenilesrecords.Parentsandguardianssaidtheylikebeinginvolvedwiththeirkidsandfeelengagedinthedecisionmakingprocessregardingconsequences.Manyparentsaregratefulthattheyoutharestillheldaccountablefortheiractionswhilebeinggivenachancetocorrecttheirmistakes.VictimWitnessDivisionPattyWheelerDirectorDuluthStaffAnnFiskLoriUlviVirginiaStaffJaimeVarichakHibbingStaffElaineLee2012STLOUISCOUNTYATTORNEYSANNUALREPORT