McGrath Honors Jan Brownell, Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate
HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Thursday honored outstanding crime victims’ advocate Jan Brownell of Bozeman in a ceremony at the Bozeman Law and Justice Center.
Brownell has worked with the Gallatin County Victim Assistance Office since 1997. She began as a volunteer then was hired the next year. She provides direct services to victims of crime, does crisis counseling and safety planning with victims, and has volunteered as a court-appointed “friend” for people involved in involuntary commitment proceedings.
Brownell has also worked with Montana State University’s VOICE Center to create a countywide sexual assault response team. She has been instrumental in setting up a database that will allow the team to track sex assault cases as they proceed through the judicial system.
In a letter supporting Brownell’s nomination, Bozeman Municipal Judge Karl Seel called Brownell “precise and to the point in an area that is often clouded by deception.
“I admire the way she treats her clients with such skill, dignity and respect,” Seel added.
Other letters supporting Brownell’s nomination described her as “determined,” “compassionate,” “positive and energetic” and as having “an unshakeable commitment to victims.”
Each April the Attorney General’s Office honors outstanding victim advocates. April 10-16 is Montana Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Nominees were evaluated based on their specific efforts on behalf of crime victims; length of service in the field; their role in relation to a victim service program and outstanding efforts on behalf of victims.