Programs & Community Outreach
Attorney General Mark Herring aims to ensure that the citizens of the Commonwealth have access to all of the resources and services of the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). To that end, he has created a centralized team to ensure that all of the resources of the office are afforded to Virginia communities. This team is located in the Executive Division to emphasize a focus on serving all of Virginia’s citizens. OAG Programs include the following: Virginia Rules, Domestic Violence Services, Victim Assistance, Identity Theft Passport Program, Gang Prevention, Human Trafficking training, the Address Confidentiality Program, Re-Entry coordination for local jails, Lethality Assessment Protocol Assistance and Triad.
Community Outreach Coordinators have been placed in each region of throughout the Commonwealth to provide information about initiatives and resources of the Office of the Attorney General to communities and to link constituents with program resources. Coordinators are available to work with or present to school groups, homeowners associations, civic groups, organizations for seniors, law enforcement, human services providers, and others on crime prevention and OAG programs. Outreach Coordinators also represent the Office of the Attorney General on a variety of task forces and work groups within their region.
Mary Vail Ware is the Director of Programs and Community Outreach for the Office of the Attorney General. In this capacity, she leads all programs including family violence prevention and services, youth crime prevention programs, gang reduction programs, victim assistance programs, the address confidentiality program, senior citizens’ programs, and the victim notification program. Ms. Ware is responsible for the implementation of initiatives as well as all statewide outreach and training activities on behalf of the Attorney General. Ms. Ware is a member of the expert panel of the National Compassion Fund, an advisory board member and faculty of the NOVA Victim Assistance Academy, and serves on the credentialing committee of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program. She is also a field instructor for the VCU School of Social Work.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Ware was the Director of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. Ms. Ware responded to the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, the Virginia sniper attacks, the 4/16 shooting at Virginia Tech, as well as other mass casualty incidents. In 2012, Ms. Ware authored first in the nation legislation requiring all Virginia emergency plans to include methods to protect the rights of victims of crime. She worked closely with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to address the needs of crime victims in the context of emergency planning.
Ms. Ware also led Quin Rivers Agency for Community Action, a multi-purpose non-profit agency serving multiple rural jurisdictions. She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a certified Project Management Professional designation.
Mary V. Ware
Director of Programs & Community Outreach
Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219