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Billings Prosecutor Honored for Work Against Domestic, Sexual Violence

HELENA – Billings prosecutor Melanie Pfeifer was honored for her work against domestic and sexual violence Friday at the Montana County Attorneys’ Association meeting at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Pfeifer, Billings Assistant City Attorney received the Outstanding Prosecutor Award from the Montana Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Montana Attorney General’s Office and State Bar Association of Montana.

The award acknowledges exceptional service to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and exemplary efforts to eradicate violence in Montana communities. Prosecutors are nominated by colleagues, and nomination is based on collaborating with law enforcement and victim services; maintaining high standards for victims’ rights and understanding and skill in holding abusers accountable.

Pfeifer joined the Billings City Attorney’s Office in 2004 as a special prosecutor for the Domestic Violence Unit. She prosecuted more than 350 domestic violence and sexual assault cases in 2004 and revoked more than 225 offenders for noncompliance with sentences or pre-trial release conditions. Pfeifer’s nomination also noted her willingness to stand by victims through all phases of prosecution and to use evidence-based prosecution techniques when appropriate.

Pfeifer was also recognized for her dedication to collaborating with law enforcement and community organizations. Billings City Attorney Brent Brooks said Pfeifer “holds an unwavering commitment to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault while holding offenders accountable.”

This is the second year for the award. Mineral County Attorney M. Shaun Donovan received it last year, while Missoula Assistant City Attorney Judy Wang received a lifetime achievement honor.

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