By Ellee Sidebottom
I am a Senior at Tates Creek High School and the opportunity to intern at Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has been amazing. I started this internship with only previous knowledge I’ve gained from TV shows and though many things are similar, there is so much more that I’ve discovered and learned. I have been able to meet Judges, sit in while Mrs. Persley talks to victims, watch suppression hearings, Misdemeanor, Felony and Domestic Violence Court. I requested this site because the role of a Victim’s Advocate seemed very rewarding and immediately grabbed my attention. I have learned that they are the middle-man, or middle-woman, to everyone else involved in a case. They communicate with the Police Department, Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys, Judges, and of course, the Victim(s). Their job is also to provide support to the Victims. They escort the Victim to court to make sure they are comfortable and safe, they may call and give updates about their case or they may provide resources such as VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) or a recommendation to “The Nest” (Center for Women, Children & Families) to help them through their difficult time. Victim’s Advocates and everyone else within or associated with the court system deserve way more credit than they get, but they do their job with a humble attitude and a heart full passion and that is something I will forever admire. There is never a boring day at Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and I look forward to the rest of my time here!