Stanley began his formal Victim Advocacy career in October of 2000, when he was hired by the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (TCPAO) as the sole victim advocate for the Juvenile Court. In this capacity, Stanley provided advocacy for victims of all types of crimes, with a majority of time spent working with parents who were victims of domestic violence and child victims of sexual assault. In 2008, Stanley transferred to the Crime Victims Advocacy Network program (administered by the TCPAO), and continues to serve there in the capacity of Senior Victim Advocate. Stanley’s past scholarship has been on research and implementation of effective strategies that reduce barriers to victims receiving services, innovative strategies to serve underserved victims of crime, and effective partnering with other agencies to maximize positive client outcomes and reduce barriers for victims. Stanley’s current scholarship centers around the effects of trauma on victims, forensic trauma interviewing, and traditional vs. experiential treatment modalities to assist victims recover. Stanley is a Field Supervisor for the Saint Martin’s University School of Social Work, training and supervising BSW students for many years. Stanley has supervised interns from various community colleges and universities for the past fifteen years, and enjoys mentoring and working with new students to achieve their personal and educational goals.
Stanley earned an MS in Psychology from California Coast University (2004) and BA in Community Services from Saint Martin’s University (2000), summa cum laude & inducted into the Society of Fellows. Stanley has been a Nationally Credentialed Victim Advocate since 2004, currently holding a designation as Advanced Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist. Stanley is a 2001 graduate of the National Victim Assistance Academy in Fresno, CA. Stanley is an active member of the Washington State Vinelink Governance Board, Department of Corrections Victim Council, and Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorney’s Victim/Witness Training Committee, positions he has held for several years. In prior years, Stanley served on the Thurston County Vulnerable Adult Task Force, Thurston County Child Abuse Multi-Disciplinary Team, and the Thurston County Human Trafficking Task Force. Since 2008, Stanley has trained and certified new Victim Advocates, provided foundation-level training at the State Victim Assistance Academy (formerly State Advocate Core Training), as well as trained on specialized topics including homicide, violent crimes, property crimes, working with victims with disabilities, and identity theft.
Prior to working as a Victim Advocate, Stanley spent several years working at the State Department of Social and Health services, interning for Child Protective Services and Child Welfare Services as part of his undergraduate studies at Saint Martin’s, before being hired as a Social Worker I in the Family Reconciliation Services (FRS/Adolescent) Unit in Tumwater. In this capacity, Stanley provided services to families with at-risk youth, completed home studies, and completed assessments of families in crisis for department services.
Stanley served several years as a Recreation Coordinator for the Thurston County Parks and Recreation Department’s Specialized Recreation and Children’s Day Camp programs, developing and planning recreation activities for youth and adults with special needs. Stanley is a 1999 graduate of the Reserve Police Academy and served seven years as a volunteer Reserve Police Officer with a small city police department in Thurston County. Prior to this, he served two years as a Community Services Officer.
2014-Stanley was one of three Advocates in the State to be accepted into, and graduate from the National Victim Assistance Academy’s Leadership Institute.
2017-After realizing victims were unable to access needed medical and mental health care, Stanley played an instrumental role in gathering stakeholders and testifying in the State Legislature. This effort caused new laws to be passed that strengthened the State’s Crime Victims Compensation Program. Stanley continues each year to collaborate and bring stakeholders together when policies or laws need to be changed to strengthen victim rights.
2017-Received the President’s Award of Merit from the WA Association of Prosecuting Attorneys for work done to protect funding for victim advocacy programs statewide.
Areas of Interest
Gardening, camping, boating, hiking, exploring trails on Mount Rainier, spending time with friends and family.