DSAMH Victim Advocate

What is a Victim Advocate?

DSAMH’s victim advocate provides a trained, community-based, trauma-informed voice to provide support and assistance to crime victims involved with the Board of Pardons and Parole (BOPP). The victim advocate can provide support and assistance with the following activities:

  • Attending BOPP hearings
  • Assistance in writing victim impact statements to the BOPP
  • Post-BOPP hearing supportive services
  • Safety planning
  • Protective orders
  • Crime victim’s compensation applications
  • Referrals to crisis intervention services.

The DSAMH Victim Advocate is Lora Flanigan.

Please contact her at (385) 479-4815, or llflanigan@utah.gov.

Victim’s Bill of Rights

Victim’s rights in Utah include:

  • The right to privacy
  • The right to be heard at sentencing
  • The right to be informed and assisted
  • The right to a speedy resolution of their case
  • The right to be free from threats and intimidation
  • The right to restitution and reparations for their losses
  • The right to notice of all important criminal justice proceedings
  • The right to be present in the courtroom for all important hearings
  • The right to be treated with dignity, respect, courtesy and sensitivity
  • The right to an explanation of the legal proceedings and pleas negotiations
  • The right to have the process conducted in the most effective and least traumatic, intrusive, and intimidating manner
  • The right to have interviews related to criminal prosecution kept to a minimum and conducted in an age-appropriate way
Other Resources:
Utah Board of Pardons and Parole (BOPP):
Domestic Violence Resources:
  • Utah Domestic Violence 24-hour Link Line:(800)-897-LINK(5465)
  • Utah Domestic Violence Coalition: https://www.udvc.org
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline:
    (800)-799-7233 or TTY 1-(800)-787-3224
Sexual Assault Resources:
  • Utah Sexual Violence Crisis Line:
    (888)-421-1100
  • Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault: ucasa.org
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline:
    (800)-656-HOPE(4673) and online:
    rainn.org
  • Utah Office for Victims of Crime Call:
    (801)-238-2360 or online at: justice.utah.gov/Crime
Human Trafficking Resources:
Child Abuse Resources:
  • Prevent Child Abuse: (801)-532-3404 and online at: https://pcautah.org
  • Utah Child Abuse Reporting Hotline:           (855)-323-3237
  • Utah Division of Child and Family Services:      (855)-323-3237 and https://dcfs.utah.gov
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: (800) 422-4453
Elder Abuse Resources:
Homicide Survivor Resources: