Established in 1992 to provide immediate assistance to victims of crime as well as their families, the Victim Advocacy Unit is committed to providing comprehensive services and support that address the physical, emotional, and financial needs that result from victimization. In addition to the on scene support provided by the unit, advocates review offense reports on a daily basis and assess the need for follow up as well as provide assistance to those victims referred to the unit by officers and other agencies. A victim advocate has the unique ability of being able to devote attention to the various needs of the victim while at the same time acting as a liaison with officers to keep the victim and their family informed on how the criminal case is progressing. The unit is staffed with four advocates who provide 24-hour assistance. Services provided by the unit include:
- On Scene Assistance (Crime Scene, Hospital, etc.)
- Crisis Intervention Counseling
- Assistance with the Return of Property
- Community Information and Referrals
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Transportation for Case Related Activities (i.e.; Court)
- Support throughout the Criminal Justice System
- Assistance with Death Notification
- Short Term Counseling
- Emergency Legal Assistance (i.e.; Protective Injunctions)
- Liaison with Investigators
- Safety Planning
- Assistance with Application for Victim Compensation
- Advocacy on Behalf of Victims/Survivors
- Community Education
For more information about your Victim Rights, please download our Victim Right's Pamphlet.
The Victim Advocate Unit publishes a periodic newsletter containing informative articles written by unit members, unit highlights and statistics.
It is not necessary to file a police report in order to speak with a victim advocate. If you have any questions about the Victim Advocate Unit or would like to speak with an advocate please call any of the following individuals.
- Fawnisha Brown: 891-4432
- Annaliese Wierenga: 891-4742
- Melanie Tudor: 891-4265
- Sara LaTorre: 891-4246