The Victim Witness Division of the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office is located at 123 S. Cherry Street, Eaton.
Martin P. Votel serves as the Executive Director of the Victim Witness Program, for which there are two full time advocates and more than a dozen volunteers. The advocates’ role is to assist the victims of crimes and/or their families.
The advocacy role includes, but may not be limited to:
- 24/7 on-call response to victims and/or their families
- Responding to a crime scene or hospital
- Assisting with protection order applications
- Providing court advocacy for victims
- Acting as a liaison between victims of crime, their families, and the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney
- Making service referrals, such as counseling and public services
- Notifying victims of court hearings and other court-related appearances
The Victim Witness Program also offers support to grieving victims and their families by hosting events during the annual Victim Rights Awareness Week. Victim Rights Awareness Week 2010 will be April 10 – 16. On April 10, 2011, a 5K walk/run known as “Stepping Out for Crime Victims” will kick off at 1:15P.M. in front of the Preble County courthouse. Registration will be held from Noon until 1:00P.M. and T-Shirts will be for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Preble County Victim/Witness organization in support of the work they do year-round. On April 12th at 7:00P.M. a candle-light vigil will be held on the second floor of the Preble County courthouse in remembrance of our victims of crime and their families, with an Open House of the new Victim/Witness Room in the basement of the courthouse to follow. There will be an open house at the Victim/Witness Office at 123 S. Cherry Street on April 14. 2010 from 4:00P.M. to 6:00P.M. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend all Victim Rights Week activities!
Brenda Miller is the Director of the Preble County Victim/Witness Program.