AG Fox Presents Outstanding Advocate Award in Red Lodge
RED LODGE – Montana Attorney General Tim Fox presented the 2019 Matt Dale Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award at a ceremony in Red Lodge on September 13. The recipient, an advocate for survivors of sexual or domestic abuse, was honored at a celebration held at the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Office.
Colleagues and crime victims nominated Kate Croft, Direct Services Manager at Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Carbon County, for her ability to assist people in crisis and help them navigate the criminal justice system.
“Kate is compassionate and thoughtful about the challenges of those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Over the last decade, she has worked to build an infrastructure of trust, respect, and understanding about these issues with law enforcement, judges, prosecutors, and medical professionals. Kate continues to build on that foundation, significantly improving the system-wide response to crime victims in her area,” Fox added.
Attorney General Fox recently presented the Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award to this year’s two other honorees: Montana National Guard Judge Advocate Beverly Schneider of Helena and attorney Rennie Wittman of Miles City.
For a list of award winners from the past 26 years, click here.
The Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award is named in memory of Matt Dale. For 17 years, Matt directed the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services. Through Matt’s leadership, Montana instituted policies and programs to protect victims of domestic violence and prevent intimate partner homicides, including those in Indian Country. Over the course of his career, Matt became a national expert on the topic of domestic violence and travelled across the country speaking about Montana’s Fatality Review Team and its work. The award was named in his honor after his death last summer.