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Victim Assistance Bureau Honors Advocates, Recognizes Victims

The Victim Assistance Bureau not only honored victims' advocates in the community, but a few local victims were also recognized and shared stories of their loss and their recovery.

Posted: Apr 9, 2018 11:30 PM
Updated: Apr 10, 2018 10:18 AM

Butte County Calif.-- Victims of violent crimes in Butte County are being honored this week, as well as those that helped them.


This is 'Crime Victims' Rights Week,' an annual event that recognizes those that go above and beyond in the line of duty to help.

The Butte County District Attorney's Victim Assistance Bureau held a ceremony of their own.

The Victim Assistance Bureau not only honored victims' advocates in the community, but a few local victims were also recognized and shared stories of their loss and their recovery.

"As Mr. Ramsey briefly explained, our family lost two members to murder." said Tricia Pratt "My husband and I lost our son from a brutal stabbing in 2006, he was only 18-years old. It was October 2001, he was informed by two detectives that they believed his older sister Shirley had been murdered."

More than a decade ago the Pratt family from Oroville went through the nightmare of losing two members of their family.

Having to deal with an emotional whirlwind and the trial of their family members' murders would be rough on anyone.

Thankfully, Van Woods from the Butte County DA's Victim Assistance Bureau was their to support them every step of the way.

Woods says, "We assist with funeral and burial, counseling. We did court escorts. Explain the court process. it's a lengthy process. Sat in the trial with them, explained what was going on."

As part of the ceremony, Woods was honored and given the Lifetime Advocacy Award for her above and beyond service of helping victims of crimes through the toughest part of their life.

"Those of us that work with victims can't help but personalize some of that a little bit, like what if it were our child." said Woods "So I think when we work as victim advocates we try very hard to be compassionate to how we would want to be treated."

"Van gave us hope." said Pratt "We couldn't imagine what we would've done without her."

District Attorney Mike Ramsey said if anyone needs help from the Victims Assistance Bureau, to give them a call at (530) 538-7411.

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