During this year’s Victim’s Rights Week meetings that were held in Columbia, SC a volunteer with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office was named Volunteer of the Year for 2013. Ms. Joann Jeter, who has worked as a volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office Victim Services since 2009, was selected for this year’s honor.
Ms. Jeter’s daughter was murdered on April 8, 1996 in Greenville County, SC. Shortly after her daughter’s death Joann began attending meetings of the Healing With Hope Homicide Support Group here in Spartanburg County. In November of 2009 Joann decided that she wanted to become a volunteer with the Sheriff’s Office with her main focus being ion Victim Services. Joann helps the fulltime Victim Advocates schedule and coordinate events such as the annual Safe Passages Day Camp for children who have family members that were victims of violent crime. She also helps with the Candlelight Service at Christmas each year. Joann can always be counted on to help out victims of crime and the Sheriff’s Office Victims Advocates in any way she can. In January 2013 Joann became a member of the Criminal Domestic Violence Board in order to better serve the victims of domestic violence. For more information or questions you may contact Ms. Debra Foster, Senior Victims Advocate at (864) 503-4625.