Crystal Matheson, a victim of domestic violence, a beneficiary of Marsy’s Law, and now a victims’ advocate, shared her story in a short interview. She discussed her belief in God, her experiences as a crime victim in the court systems, and how the Crime Victims’ Rights Bill (Marsy’s Law) is changing victims’ lives for the better.
A Closer Look at Devyn Duncan, Victim Services for the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office
Devyn Duncan is the Victim Services Director for the Enotah Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office. After having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, she has been working as a victim advocate for nearly five years. While Devyn never intended to pursue victim advocacy, she wouldn’t trade it for anything. She loves interacting with and helping victims, and getting to see how much individuals can flourish once they are out of a domestic violence situation. When Devyn is not at work, she is usually baking or playing with her mini golden doodle, Indi.
Amy Chatham Robinson is a software engineer, mother, wife, and sister, who lives in Norcross, Georgia. Amy’s sister, Nique (Dominque) Leili was killed by her husband, Matt Leili, on July 9, 2011. During their 13-year marriage, Matt Leili was not only verbally and physically abusive, but also reportedly used technology to track her every move.
Amy and her family miss Nique every day, and while nothing would be comparable to having her back, they do find solace that Gwinnett County was respectful of the family and determined to find justice for her murder.
For over 18 years I have advocated for victims’ rights and walked victims through the judicial system. I saw a need to support crime victims based on my own traumatic event, for which I was completely unprepared. In 1999, I lost my child to gunfire outside of a neighborhood birthday party. That tragic day reshaped my life. I went from despair over the murder of my only child to becoming a committed advocate for crime victims and survivors.
Voters passed Marsy’s Law for Georgia by more than 80 percent in 2018, demonstrating overwhelming support for strong crime victims’ rights. As our state moves to implement these new constitutional rights, there’s still much work to do to ensure victims know their rights and know how to demand them in our judicial process.