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Victim Assistance

If you have been a victim of or witness to a crime, where do you turn for information and support? You can reach a Victim Advocate by phone during normal business hours. However, you can also send a message to Victim Assistance at any time by using the form below. All victim advocates for the selected County will receive your message.

Services of the Victim Assistance Program

The following services are free of charge to crime victims and witnesses:

  • information about the status of your court case via letters and phone calls.
  • notice of court proceedings, including changes.
  • explanation of criminal proceedings.
  • orientation to the courtroom setting.
  • companion to attend court with you and provide emotional support.
  • assistance applying for financial compensation for victims of violent crime.
  • employer intervention to explain time missed from work due to required court appearances.
  • Private waiting area prior to your court appearance.
  • Aid in retrieving stolen items that are being held as evidence.
  • Help if you are intimidated, harassed or afraid.
  • Advocacy and support with any problems that you may be having as a result of the crime itself or court appearances.
  • Referral to social service agencies, counselors and others who can assist you with personal problems.

If You Are A Victim

No one expects to be a victim of crime. But it happens.

One American household in three is victimized by serious crime every year.

If you or someone close to you is affected by crime, you may be shocked, angered, or shamed. And you may feel helpless and confused.

The criminal justice system has traditionally ignored the special needs of victims while concentrating on protecting the rights of the accused. But the tide is changing.

The Victim Assistance Program is here to offer crime victims emotional support during the aftermath of crime and guidance through the maze of the criminal justice system.

Victims’ Bill Of Rights

Victims have the right:

…to be treated with dignity and compassion

…to be protected from intimidation and harm

…to be informed about the criminal justice system

…to be informed of agencies which can assist them

…to be informed of financial compensation

Financial Compensation

If you are a victim of a violent (not property) crime, you may be eligible for victim compensation for out-of-pocket expenses such as medical, counseling, lost wages, and funeral costs. You must apply within one year after the crime. There does not have to be an arrest in the case to apply for compensation. Call the Victim Assistance Program in your county of residence for details.