Union County, Ohio

Victims of Crime Assistance (VOCA) Program


When Prosecutor David Phillips was elected to office in 2005, he committed himself to improving services to victims of crime.
Since that time, the Union County Prosecutor's Victims of Crime Assistance Progam has improved and expanded its services
and community outreach.

We provided the following services to Victims of Crime.

  • Accompanying Victims to court.
  • Informing Victims of the status of their case.
  • Advocating on behalf of Victims.
  • Informing Victims of their rights.
  • Conne cting Victims to the Ohio Attorney General's Victims of Crime Compensation Program.
  • Assistance in filing for Restitution.
  • Assistance with filing of Protection Orders and safety planning.
  • Providing referrals for counseling and other resources.
  • Coordinate with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction to halt unwanted contact from a prisoner
    and participate in the Parole Process.

Our mission is to provide compassionate, comprehensive and culturally sensitive services to the victims of crime in Union County, from the time the incident takes place and throughout the criminal justice process restoring the victim’s sense of dignity and self-esteem.

Our Advocates

In order to serve victims of crime, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office employs three full-time victim advocates and one part-time grant administrator.  All of our advocates, including our grant administrator, have completed advocate training through the Ohio Peace Officer’s Training Academy, B.A.S.I.C.S. Program and have additional training thoughout the year.

Our advocates are members of the Union County Sexual Assault Response Team and host outreach/training events throughout the year for the community and local law enforcement.  While each advocate specializes in a separate Court (Municipal, Juvenile and Common Pleas), they are each available to assist victims with urgent needs, such as a protection order or referral for various services.

For general inquiries, please call 937-645-4160 or fax 937-645-4191, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Clark is the advocate for Marysville Municipal Court.  She has been with the VOCA Program since 2007, beginning as a volunteer and progressing to a full time position as an advocate in 2008.  Elizabeth has over 20 years’ experience working with Law Enforcement, including being a 911 dispatcher for 11 years in Franklin County.  She is continuing her education with a local University to attain her Associates Degree in Social Work and attends ongoing specialized trainings throughout the year to better assist her clients.  Elizabeth works closely with victims of all crimes, with a specific focus on domestic violence.  She is part of the the Sexual Assault Team of Union County and works to promote awareness through the Union County Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes Event.   Elizabeth Clark can be contacted directly at 937-645-4161 or eclark@co.union.oh.us .

Cory Hamilton is the advocate for Common Pleas (felony) Court.  She has been a full time advocate for 4 years in Union County and  interned with the Victims Assistance Program of Delaware County for 1 year.  Cory has a Bachelor of Political Science Degree from The Ohio State University and attends various trainings throughout the year to continually enhance her response to victim’s needs.  Cory is also the TRIAD/S.A.L.T. Council Coordinator , acting as liaison between senior citizens and local officials to address elder abuse, financial fraud and crime concerns.  Cory Hamilton can be contacted directly at 937-645-4168 or chamilton@co.union.oh.us .

Helpful Links and Resources

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - Office of Victims Services. If you are a victim of a crime and would like to register for notification regarding an Ohio inmate.
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - Offender Search. This site displays data on offenders currently incarcerated in an Ohio prison, under Department supervision, judicially released, or who died of natural causes while incarcerated.
OHIO SECRETARY OF STATE - Safe at Home Program Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program that allows victims of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, rape or sexual battery to apply for an address designated by the Secretary of State to serve as the person’s address to shield their residence address from public records, including the voter registration lists.
Crime Victims Rights TOOLKIT - The Crime Victims Rights Toolkit serves as a self-help resource for crime victims. The Toolkit is designed to help victims of Ohio and federal crimes understand and exercise their rights. Provided by the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center.
APPLY FOR VICTIM'S COMPENSATION - If you or your family members are innocent victims of a violent crime, financial assistance may be available. This site contains a list of guidelines to help you determine whether you might be eligible for a payment as well as providing an online portal to apply for compensation through the Office of the Ohio Attorney General.
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) lets victims of crime and other concerned citizens access timely and reliable information regarding offenders. It is offered free of charge to registrants, is completely confidential, and features multiple language support. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.