NORRISTOWN A former leader of the Dauphin County witness protection program became the new head of the state's Victim Advocate Office Friday and said she hoped to give a stronger voice to Pennsylvania's crime victims.

"I want every single citizen of the commonwealth to understand what their rights are as crime victims," said Jennifer Storm, 38, of Camp Hill.

Storm was sworn in Friday morning at a ceremony at the Victim Services Center in Norristown, surrounded by local advocates and members of the law enforcement community. She is expected to serve a six-year term, replacing Carol Lavery.

The Office of the Victim Advocate, created in 1995, represents the interests of crime victims to the Board of Probation and Parole and the Department of Corrections.

Gov. Corbett praised Storm, whom he nominated last month, as a champion of human rights and personal dignity.

Storm spent the last decade at Dauphin County's victim/witness advocate program and served as executive director. She also has served on a number of state boards that deal with violent crime, and published several books.