Kentucky State Police, along with Governor Matt Bevin and justice officials, announced a new initiative Thursday in Elizabethtown to help victims of crimes.
Sixteen victim advocates, one for each Kentucky State Police post, will be hired by the end of October. They will be a point of contact for victims throughout the process.
The victim advocates will connect victims with resources and serve as a liaison between them and law enforcement.
The program will be lead by Ali Parham, KSP’s Justice Program Administrator.
Terry Jackson is the senior advocate for Silverleaf Services, a rape crisis and child advocacy center.
In Hardin County, Jackson is among the local advocates who meet with police and prosecutors weekly to discuss physical and sexual abuse cases.
To fund the program, $2.5 million will come from the federal government and the state has committed over $600,000 from the budget.