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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today the appointment of two new members to the Wisconsin Crime Victims Council. Judge Scott Horne, La Crosse County Circuit Court, Branch 4, and a former Council member, will serve as the Judiciary representative. Over the years, Judge Horne, a former District Attorney who has served on the Criminal Justice Study Commission, SAFE Task Force, and Legislative Council Committees, has been instrumental in helping to improve the court system's response to crime victims. He has provided critical work on victim/witness surcharge, Victim Appellate Notification and other issues that impact the daily lives of victims.
Michelle Arrowood, the Executive Director of Advocates for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse (AVAIL), Inc., in Langlade County will serve as a Victim Services representative on the Council. AVAIL has provided services to abuse survivors since 1980. Ms. Arrowood has provided leadership at AVAIL since 2001 and her prior work experience with rural Wisconsin victims was as a child protective services social worker with the Langlade County Department of Social Services.
"I am pleased to have the voices of the judiciary, and crime victims and survivors heard through these appointments," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "The Council has been diligently at work on important statewide concerns. I look forward to the forthcoming contributions of all Crime Victim Council members and appreciate their willingness to serve on behalf of Wisconsin's crime victims."
The Wisconsin Crime Victims Council is a 15-member body that serves as an advisory body to the Attorney General. Of the fifteen members, ten are citizen appointees, two represent organizations that provide victim services, and one each represents law enforcement, district attorneys and the judiciary. All council members have now been officially seated.
The Council co-hosts with the Office of Crime Victim Services the annual crime victims' ceremony, which is held in April during National Crime Victims Rights Week. This year's public ceremony will be held on Monday, April 27th at the State Capitol during the noon hour.