Dale to Direct Office of Victims Services
HELENA – Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath recently appointed Matthew Dale as the first-ever director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Victims Services and Restorative Justice.
Dale will coordinate work around the State in the areas of juvenile justice and domestic violence. A key goal of the office is to consolidate and focus various programs within the Department of Justice under a single management structure. It is expected that services will be improved through providing leadership and better coordination of Department resources.
“Matt has extensive experience working with victims,” McGrath said. “I am proud to be able to have a person of Matt’s caliber do this critically important work.”
From October 1990 until June 2001, Dale was the executive director of Helena’s Friendship Center, a program that offered emergency and transitional shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Friendship Center also offered related services like food, counseling, legal advocacy, a children’s program, assistance in securing permanent housing and a crime victim-witness program.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and holds a master’s degree in social sciences from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash.
Dale also worked as a chemical dependency and mental health specialist with Project Work, a Lewis and Clark County program assisting general relief participants. He was also a social worker for Helena’s Florence Crittenton Home.
Dale is a member of the Helena Family Violence Council and the Head Start Family and Community Partnerships Management Team. He also serves on the advisory council for Carroll College’s Department of Social Work.