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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

Contact:  Emily Bolton
Office: (804)786-0147 
Cell: (804) 839-9024
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

** Note--To set up an interview with Southwest Virginia Community Outreach Coordinator Amy Duncan or Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman please contact Emily Bolton at (804) 839-9024  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. **

 

NEW COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR TO SERVE SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

~ Statewide network of outreach coordinators will better connect Virginians with the Office of Attorney General ~

 

RICHMOND (March 10, 2015)-- Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced a new structure for his expanded Community Outreach program that will, for the first time ever, put a community outreach coordinator from the Office of Attorney General in every region of the state, including areas around Bristol, Galax, Wise, Bluefield and Wytheville. These coordinators will help connect citizens, civic groups, small businesses, and law enforcement with the services offered by Attorney General Herring, including crime prevention programs for seniors, teen education, consumer protection services, and resources for survivors of domestic violence. The Southwest Virginia Community Outreach Coordinator is Amy Duncan, a Southwest Virginia native, who will work out of the Attorney General's Abingdon office. Her service area will include all localities from Wythe County southwest to Lee County.

 

"The Attorney General's Office provides great resources for citizens, businesses and law enforcement, but too often these initiatives are underutilized or stuck in Richmond when they should be out in the field," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "Big cities and small towns across the Commonwealth will now have a Community Outreach Coordinator focused on delivering our services and supporting communities with their crime prevention and public safety efforts. I'm very pleased to have Amy, a Southwest Virginia native, working to connect the people of Southwest Virginia with these resources."

 

"Southwest Virginia is a place I've called home since I was born, and I'm so enthusiastic to help make it a safer, better place for Virginians," said Community Outreach Coordinator Amy Duncan. "Working to connect local communities to services and programs offered by the Office of Attorney General Herring is a great passion, and seeing the positive impact for folks across the region is truly an honor."

 

"I am very impressed with Mrs. Amy Duncan - the newly assigned Community Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Attorney General Mark Herring - and her enthusiasm and work ethic for the position," said Washington County Sheriff Fred Newman. "She will be a great advocate for the Attorney General's office in helping localities in Southwest Virginia by providing assistance to these communities, and I look forward to working with her."

 

Community outreach coordinators will serve as a key source of two-way communication within the Office of Attorney General. They will help spread important public safety and consumer protection information throughout the Commonwealth while also providing OAG senior leadership with information on local and regional concerns or emerging public safety threats. Coordinators are available to work with or present to school groups, homeowners associations, civic groups, organizations for seniors, law enforcement, human services providers, and others on crime prevention, educational programs and services including:

  • Law enforcement resources: The OAG has many law enforcement resources available to local agencies, including trainings, prosecution and enforcement partnerships to combat multi-jurisdictional or complex issues, a computer crime unit that connects local law enforcement with computer forensics resources and much more.
  • Triad: A true community partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement facilitated by the OAG, Triad helps reduce crimes against the elderly by providing education and assistance. From helping senior citizens connect with community resources, to educating and providing information about known scams, Triad has served as a model promoting the safety of older Americans through community partnership for nearly 20 years. Community outreach coordinators can help localities start their own program, or support existing ones.
  • Virginia Rules: Virginia's law-related education program to help middle and high school students make good decisions, avoid breaking laws, and become responsible, active citizens within their schools and communities. Virginia Rules'interactive modules are easily accessible and engaging for young people. With numerous modules from dating violence, to gang awareness, to keeping a driver's license, Virginia Rules is a great resource for schools, community groups, and faith-based programs. Community outreach coordinators can present the modules themselves, or help train teachers, law enforcement, or community leaders to become Virginia Rules instructors.
  • Resources for Survivors of Domestic Violence: Community outreach coordinators can assist with training law enforcement on lethality assessment protocols, an important tool in preventing further victimization. The OAG also operates an Address Confidentiality Program, a confidential mail-forwarding service for domestic violence victims who have relocated to a location unknown to their abuser.
  • Identity Theft Passport ProgramCommunity outreach coordinators can help victims of identity theft acquire an Attorney General's Identity Theft Passport, which provides them with identification that can be used to show they are the victim of an identity crime.  The passport ensures that individuals cannot use stolen information to obtain a driver's license or state identification. 
  • Community Based Safety Programming: Community outreach coordinators can talk with groups about the latest consumer or public safety concerns emerging in your area and how to access resources to prevent victimization.  A Coordinator can also review local needs so that appropriate assistance from the Attorney General's Office can be targeted to agency partners and the public.

To connect with the Office of Attorney General in Southwest Virginia, individuals or groups can reach their community outreach coordinator at:

 

Amy Duncan, Southwest Virginia: Before joining the Office of Attorney General Herring, Amy taught elementary school students for 19 years, and worked in the medical field where she piloted the first Medication Reconciliation program at The Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Phone: 276-628-1799

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

In addition to Southwest Virginia, Attorney General Herring has added additional community outreach coordinators in every region of the state, including:

 

Michele Leith, Northern Virginia: Phone: 703-246-3675; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rae Pearson Benn, Hampton Roads: Phone: 757-382-6113; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Debbie H. Bell, Roanoke: Phone: 540-562-3571; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Johnetta Guishard, Central Virginia: Phone: 804.786.6835; Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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