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Janelle Melohn to Head Crime Victim Assistance Division


(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Attorney General Tom Miller Monday announced the promotion of Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD) administrator Janelle Melohn to the position of CVAD Director.

“I am very pleased and excited to announce this appointment.  Janelle has done an outstanding job of fighting for Iowa crime victims, and I know she’ll continue the fight by leading our excellent staff of crime victim advocates,” said Miller.

Since 2009 Melohn has served as Compensation and Sexual Assault Examination Payment Program Administrator.  Her duties included supervising and leading Compensation Program staff members, in addition to overseeing and administering most of the CVAD’s crime victim assistance programs.  She joined the CVAD staff in 2006 as a Victim Rights Coordinator.  Prior to joining the CVAD staff Melohn served as a detention officer supervisor and previously as a detention officer with the Story County Sheriff’s Office.

In 2002 Melohn graduated with a B.S. in sociology from Iowa State University and in 2009 she earned a master’s degree in public administration from Drake University.  Melohn currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Crime Victim Compensation Boards and serves as a Board member for the Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance. 

Melohn replaces Marti Anderson, the founding CVAD director, who retired in June.

The CVAD was established in 1989 to provide services and assistance to victims of violent crimes.  The division administers programs that directly benefit crime victims.  Those programs included assisting crime victims with financial compensation, assisting local crime victim service programs, and assisting the criminal justice system in holding offenders responsible for the effects of their crimes.  Funds for these programs come primarily from fines and penalties assessed on state and federal criminals.

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