State Attorney General Jack Conway opened up Kentucky’s 2014 Victim Assistance Conference Tuesday.
The event plays host to members from dozens of organizations that address various forms of abuse, including domestic violence and child sexual assault. Conway says the conference's workshops will help a wide variety of professionals.
“Oftentimes our criminal justice system is very confusing for those who are left behind or those who are victims of crime, so we train the advocates here, we also train prosecutors, we train folks in law enforcement how to deal with victims issues and it’s very important,” he said.
The conference also commemorates the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Victims of Crimes Act. Signed into law in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, it established additional rights for crime victims in the courtroom.
The conference runs in Lexington's Clarion Hotel April 15th through 16th.