Union County, Ohio

Victims of Crime Assistance (VOCA)


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.
  • Connecting Victims with the Ohio Attorney General's Victims of Crime Compensation Program.
  • Assistance in filing for Restitution.
  • Assistance with filing for 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 of the incident, throughout the criminal justice process in an attempt to assist the victim in restoring their 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 (Beth) Clark is the advocate for Marysville Municipal Court.  She has been with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office - VOCA Program since 2007, beginning as a volunteer and progressing to a full-time position as an advocate in 2008.  Beth has over 20 years’ experience working with Law Enforcement, including being a 911 dispatcher for 11-years with a law enforcement agency in Franklin County.  Beth completes ongoing specialized trainings, throughout the year, to better assist her clients; and, has successfully completed the Ohio Attorney General’s BASICS Advocacy Academy.  She works closely with victims of all crimes, with a specific emphasis on domestic violence.  Beth is a part of the Sexual Assault Response Team of Union County and works to promote awareness through the Union County Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes Event, and other outreach activities.  Beth Clark may be contacted directly at 937-645-4161 or eclark@co.union.oh.us .

Cory Hamilton is the advocate for Common Pleas Court.  She has been a full-time advocate since 2011, in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office - VOCA Program; and, she interned with the Victims Assistance (VOCA) Program of Delaware County for one-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 has successfully completed the Ohio Attorney General’s BASICS Advocacy Academy.  Cory works with the victims of crime in felony court; she is committed and dedicated to her clients, maintaining close contact, and support, throughout the judicial process.  Cory is a part of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) of Union County and works to promote awareness through the Union County Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes Event, and other outreach endeavors. Cory Hamilton may be contacted directly at 937-645-4168 or chamilton@co.union.oh.us .

Catherine Burton is the advocate for the Juvenile Court.  She 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.  Catherine was employed for six years in a local assisted living facility, and has a special place in her heart for the senior community.  Catherine was born and raised in Union County.  She takes pride in her work and has a passion for helping others.  She is part of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) of Union County and works to promote awareness through the Union County Walk-A-Mile-In-Her-Shoes Event, and other outreach measures.  Catherine has had ongoing training, and has also successfully, attended and completed, the Ohio Attorney General’s BASICS Advocacy Academy.  Catherine Burton may be contacted directly at 937-645-4167 or cburton@co.union.oh.us  

Our Advocates work together, as a team, in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office because our clients are the reason we are here.  

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.

ASHA-Ray of Hope exists to serves women and children whose country of origin includes: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. ASHA also helps families from other countries who call our 24/7 hour helpline and we make appropriate referrals. We do this by partnering with other agencies in the community.

Turning Point - Serving domestic violence victims and their families for more than 30 years in Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Union and Wyandot Counties.  Turning Point now has a texting service for victims of domestic violence.  Please type any of the following words to 20121: 

  • turningpoint
  • turning point
  • tphelp
  • turning