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June 16, 2005

Albany --

South Georgia advocates say a new statewide program will help Victim's Assistance programs do a better job.

Lakesha Conley and Jennifer Thrower of the Dougherty District Attorney's Victims Witness Division attended Georgia's first training session last week in Millegeville.

They say the state training program will improve their helping crime victim's.

Advocate Lakesha Conley said "We learned how to handle victims, how to screen victims when they come in for a protective order. Dealing with victim compensation program. Basically we were putting all our ideas together, exchanging ideas."

Two other employees with the Victims' Assistance program are qualified as instructors in advocacy.

The Dougherty D.A.'s office helps more than 250 crime victims a month. The victims' assistance program is paid for with grants and court fines collected from convicted criminals.

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