Cache County victim advocates receive Smart Women grant from Zions Bank

Cache County Attorney’s Office Victim Services was selected to receive a 2015 Smart Women Grant from Zions Bank for its work in empowering women. Terryl Warner, director of the office’s Victim Services program, received the $3,000 microgrant during an awards ceremony in Salt Lake City on Nov. 12.

Warner and her team of advocates assist victims through the criminal court process in Cache County. Approximately 75 percent of victims they help are females and children in cases such as domestic violence, sexual assault or child abuse.

The team of three advocates assists victims on scene and in court to help protect them through the criminal justice process. The advocates ensure that victims are kept informed, remain free from harassment and are treated respectfully. They plan on using the grant to provide more resources to support female victims.

“We make sure that the victim’s voice is heard, that restitution is requested and that they are given the tools needed to leave a bad situation,” said Warner. “We also keep them aware of what’s going on in the criminal case and prepare them for testifying in court for a preliminary hearing, at trial or in a sentencing.”

Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group provides Smart Women Grants as part of its ongoing commitment to support women in achieving financial independence. The microgrants are awarded to those who promote the empowerment of women or directly benefit women of low-income and underserved populations in Utah and Idaho. Since 2004, 76 microgrants totaling more than $217,000 have been awarded to projects supporting women.

Grants are awarded in the following categories: small business start-up and expansion, community development, continuing education and teacher support, child and elder care, health and human services, and arts and culture. For more information, visit zionsbank.com/smartwomen.

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