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Bullock Honors Butte, Missoula Women as Crime Victim Advocates of the Year

BUTTE – At separate ceremonies in their hometowns, Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock honored two women as Montana’s Outstanding Crime Victim Advocates of the year. Bullock recognized Tanya Campbell in Missoula on Monday and Betty Mealey in Butte today.

The Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate of the Year is the only award issued annually by the Montana Department of Justice. Crime Victims Advocates seek to elevate the status of crime victims and their rights.

As the head of the Department of Justice, Bullock oversees the Office of Victim Services.

“Betty and Tanya have consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty. Their tireless dedication and compassion have meant the world to countless victims in their communities, and our state is a better place because of them,” Bullock said.

  • Tanya Campbell is a Senior Criminal Victim Advocate with the Missoula Crime Victim Advocate Program. The Crime Victim Advocate Office provides free and confidential services to survivors of violent crime, including information, opportunities, advocacy and support in the criminal justice system process.
  • Betty Mealey has been the longtime Shelter Supervisor at the Safe Space Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center in Butte. The Safe Space Center provides services to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Community awareness and prevention campaigns are also a priority of the program.

In nominating Campbell for the award, coworkers, law enforcement officials and community leaders described Tanya as “compassionate,” “diplomatic,” and “a powerhouse.” Missoula Police Department Detective Jamie Meifield called her dedication to victims and their safety “boundless.”

Mealey’s coworkers and seven children described her as a “95-pound dynamo” with a work ethic that’s “second to none.” Ellen Donahue, who served as the Director of Safe Space for five years, said that Betty’s purpose has always been “to provide compassion, a warm and genuine smile, and a welcoming environment to the women and children who need it most.”

The laws protecting victims are found in Title 40, Chapter 15 of the Montana Code Annotated.

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