New Position Aims to Increase Victim Services, Safety of Marylanders

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Hogan administration today announced that Barbara Darley, a longtime victim services advocate, has been named to lead the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention’s Victim Services Unit.

As part of a package of initiatives passed by the Maryland General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session and signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan, this position was created to oversee and coordinate victim services for Maryland. This is the second position announced in the past week to bolster crime prevention efforts in Maryland. Last week, Laurie Culkin was announced as the Anti-Human Trafficking Director for the state.

“Protecting our citizens is our most important responsibility, and this new position is vital to establishing statewide coordination and providing support to secure justice for victims,” said Governor Hogan.

In the newly created position, Darley will make recommendations to improve victim assistance programs and identify priority areas to promote access to victim services, including funding. She will also manage the State’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the reimbursement program for Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations, and will be responsible for improving restitution collections for crime victims.

“As part of Governor Hogan’s commitment to expand protections and services for victims of crime, this appointment is critical to that mission,” said V. Glenn Fueston, Jr., Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. “That’s why the Hogan administration has committed more than $160 million in grants through our office since February 1, 2015 that have directly aided victims of crime, provided assistance to more than half a million victims, and created this position to take a comprehensive look at Maryland services for victims of crime – and improve them.”

Darley comes to the position from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where she provided a voice for senior citizens in need. In addition to serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Baltimore, she has more than 20 years of experience, having previously worked in the areas of substance abuse, domestic violence, youth advocacy, child abuse, legal, and social services, among others.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree, Darley was also appointed as the statewide director for the South Carolina Guardian Ad Litem Program which recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocate for the state’s most vulnerable citizens — abused and neglected children, and served as the Executive Director for the Domestic Abuse Center, which hosts the largest batterer treatment intervention program in the state – and one of the largest in the nation.

“I am thrilled to join the Hogan administration as a full-time advocate for victims,” said Darley. “Working for a governor who cares so deeply for victims of crime provides a supported and safe place where I can, in turn, help create safety, and support for those in need.”

Darley lives in Ellicott City. She began her position this week.

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