Attorney General Fox Presents Outstanding Advocate Award in Butte

Attorney General Fox Presents Outstanding Advocate Award in Butte

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox presented the 2018 Matt Dale Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award at a ceremony this morning in Butte. The recipient, a police officer with the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department, was honored at an event held in the courthouse rotunda.

Colleagues nominated Officer Dan Murphy for his personal and professional advocacy on behalf of victims of sexual and domestic violence. Officer Murphy has served as a police officer for the Butte-Silver Bow Law Enforcement Department for nearly 18 years. In addition, he serves as president of the board of directors for Safe Space, a local sexual assault and domestic violence program. An active member of the Montana Fatality Review Team, Officer Murphy has given countless presentations to high school and college students about domestic violence. He has also worked in consultation with the Montana Law Enforcement Academy to update officer training in sexual assault and domestic violence cases.

Officer Murphy’s work demonstrates his sincere desire to help our young people build a Montana that is free from sexual and domestic violence,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “His tenacity and commitment in helping victims realize brighter futures sets him apart as a champion among advocates, and I am pleased to honor him with this award.”

Earlier this week, Attorney General Fox also presented the award to the Billings FBI Victim Specialist Team of Michele Stewart and Erin Harris.

For a list of previous winners from the past 25 years, visit https://dojmt.gov/victims/crime-victim-advocates/outstanding-crime-victim-advocate-award-honorees/

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 traveled across the country speaking about Montana’s Fatality Review Team and its work. The award was named in his honor after his death this summer.

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