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VICTIM SERVICES

MISSION STATEMENT

To provide services related to assisting misdemeanor crime victims in understanding and participating in the criminal justice system, recovering restitution, providing a measure of safety and supplying the tools for healing.

VICTIMS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

A victim of crime has a right:

  • To be treated with fairness, respect and dignity, and to be free from intimidation, harassment or abuse, throughout the criminal justice process.
  • To be informed, upon request, when the accused or convicted person is released from custody or has escaped.
  • To be present at and, upon request, to be informed of all criminal proceedings when the defendant has the right to be present.
  • To be heard at any proceeding such as bond review hearings, and negotiated plea and sentencing hearings.
  • To refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request by the defendant, the defendant's attorney, or other person acting on behalf of the defendant.
  • To confer with the prosecution, after the crime against the victim has been charged, before trial or before any disposition of the case and to be informed of the disposition.
  • To read presentence reports relating to the crime against the victim when they are available to the defendant.
  • To receive prompt restitution from the person or persons convicted of the criminal conduct that caused the victim's loss or injury.
  • To be heard at any proceeding when any post-conviction release from confinement is being considered.
  • To leave work for any hearing or trial, without any penalties, if you are employed by a business with 50 or more employees.
  • To a speedy trial or disposition and prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction and sentence.
  • To have all rules governing criminal procedure and the admissibility of evidence in all criminal proceedings protect victim's rights and to have these rules be subject to amendment or repeal by the legislature to ensure the protection of these rights.
  • To be informed of victim's constitutional rights.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and age in the delivery of services

What can my Victim Advocate do for me?

An advocate can:

  • Explain the judicial system to you.
  • Give you specific information and resources for all victims, and special resources for Domestic Violence victims.
  • Act as a link between you and the prosecutor.
  • Advise you as to the current status of the case and confirm court dates and location.
  • Make referrals to you for counseling, shelter, food, etc.
  • Answer your questions regarding the pretrial, trial, sentencing, and appeal process.
  • Escort you to and from court and stay in court with you while you testify.
  • Assist you in obtaining a Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment.
  • Help you with submitting a Victim Impact Statement.
  • Help you with submitting a Restitution Request.
  • Provide you with a safe, private area where you can wait before and after testifying.
  • Provide you with resource information and referrals to other social service agencies that offer financial and supportive services. You can view a list of community resources HERE and click on "Community Resources".

An advocate cannot:

  • Give you legal advice
  • Tell you how to testify
  • Tell you what to write in a Victim Impact Statement
  • Tell you what to ask for regarding Restitution
  • Tell you what you should recommend for sentencing
  • Give an opinion as to whether a case will be charged
  • Give an opinion as to the likely outcome of the case
  • Give an opinion as to whether restitution will be ordered, and how much.
  • Personally transport you anywhere

What is a Victim Advocate?

A Victim Advocate is a person who assists victims throughout the criminal process, providing information, support, and resources, help with protective orders, help with submitting Victim Impact Statements and Restitution information, and generally guiding victims through every stage of a case. You can contact your advocate via e-mail or by calling (602) 261-8192 at any time during the case.

We would like to hear about your experiences with our Victim Services Unit.  Please take a few moments to complete this ​survey to enhance our services to crime victims in the community.

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