Parallel Justice For Victims of Crime

Parallel Justice For Victims of Crime

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The Parallel Justice Commission


What the Commission Does

The Parallel Justice commission is made up of local and state leaders, victim advocates, survivors of crime, social services providers, health care providers and other organizations who often work with victims of crime.

The commission provides a formal venue for victims of crime to share their stories.  This official forum helps to validate the experience of victims.  In addition, the commission is tasked with removing barriers to victim participation in the criminal justice process, and addressing systemic changes needed to better meet victims’ needs. 

The commission meets quarterly to review cases, hear highlights of the program, and report on action items.  For more information on the Parallel Justice Commission, please contact Rain Banbury.


Who the Commission is

CHAIR: Kelly Dougherty, Steps to End Domestic Violence (Formerly Women Helping)

VICE-CHAIR: Alison Calderara, Community Health Centers of Burlington

Ann Burmeister, Planned ParenthoodCathleen Barkley, HOPE Works

Deputy Chief Bruce Bovat, Burlington Police Department

Selene Coburn, Burlington City Council

Heather Danis, Vermont Department of Health

TJ Donovan, Chittenden County State’s Attorney

Jane Helmstetter, Agency of Human Services

Armina Medic, State's Attorney Victim Advocate

Barbara Rachelson, LUND Center

Sarah Robinson, VT Network Againsty Domestic and Sexual Abuse

Joe Speidel, University of Vermont

Beth Steckel, UVM Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen)

JoAnn Winterbottom, Laura Kate Winterbottom Memorial Fund

Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services