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Ann Hutchison is the founder and former director of the Victim Services Division of the Austin (Texas) Police Department. For more than 20 years, she has been a therapist and counselor and provided crisis intervention for trauma victims and family members. She has intervened on behalf of victims, survivors, children, and employees in events such as the Killeen-Luby Massacre, the Waco-Branch Davidian siege, and the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing. Hutchison has been responsible for many projects and grants and their implementation to seed, expand, and build direct services for victims and survivors.

Hutchison’s work has been recognized statewide and nationally. Hutchison’s Victim Services Program in Austin, Texas, has been recognized by OVC as one of the top two law enforcement victim assistance programs in the Nation and by the National Center for Victims of Crime for “Best Model Crisis Team.” Hutchison also has been featured three times on the Rescue 911 television show for her Crisis Team Unit, Family Violence Unit, and for her work on debriefing officers by victims services staff. Hutchison has assisted law enforcement agencies nationally and internationally (including Japan, Canada, England, and Germany) in developing victim services programs. She has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Victim Assistance in a Law Enforcement Agency in addition to the YWCA Women Leaders Award for Outstanding Achievement/Health and Human Services.

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Establishing Victim Services Within a Law Enforcement Agency:
The Austin Experience
March 2001
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