Gov. Corbett taps CRP author Jennifer Storm to head state victim advocate office

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Jennifer Storm, executive director of Dauphin County’s Victims Assistance Program

Matt Miller | By Matt Miller |
on November 08, 2013 at 3:13 PM, updated November 08, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Jennifer Storm has been a vocal advocate for crime victims as executive director of Dauphin County’s Victim/Witness Assistance Program.

Now she’s being summoned to perform that role on a much larger stage.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced Friday that he has nominated Storm, 38, of Camp Hill, for a six-year term to head the state’s Office of the Victim Advocate.

“Victimized by crime in her youth, Jennifer Storm refused to settle for the label ‘survivor,’ and instead took on the mantel of ‘champion’ on behalf of thousands of others who have been the targets of criminals,” Corbett said. “In appointing Ms. Storm as victim advocate, we are naming a true defender of human rights and personal dignity.”

Besides her 10 years with the Dauphin County program, Storm serves on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, Victim Services Advisory Committee, Dauphin County Domestic Violence Task Force, Dauphin County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Elder Abuse Task Force of Dauphin County and Crime Victims Alliance of Pennsylvania.

She also has written extensively on the subject of victims’ rights and been honored repeatedly for that advocacy. In 2012, she received the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award and also is a recipient of the state Pathfinder Award for Excellence in Victim Services.

If confirmed in the $113,272-a-year post by the state Senate, Storm will call on that experience as the office represents the rights of crime victims before the state Corrections Department and Board of Probation and Parole. It also refers victims to support services and notifies them when the criminals in their cases are pending release from prison.

In a letter to her colleagues, Storm said she is leaving the county agency with a “heavy heart,” but looks forward to serving in a “new and amazing capacity.”

Meanwhile, county officials are launching a search for her replacement.

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