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Our Victim Services Specialists (also known as Victim Advocates) are specially trained to support victims of crime while navigating through the criminal justice process. We help crime survivors understand the complexities of the criminal justice system. We also link crime victims to appropriate and available community resources and support. We want to elevate victim voices and experiences during the criminal justice process, while supporting crime victims who are dealing with adverse impacts of victimization.
Our advocacy services include:
- Crisis intervention and Emotional Support
- Linkages to community resources and support
- Information about the criminal justice process and what to expect
- Important updates on case information
- Support during court hearings and trials
- General information on trauma and victimization
- Assistance with Crime Victim Compensation application
- Information on Crime Victim Rights
- Assistance with safety planning
- Assistance with Victim Impact Statements
- Intervention with landlords, creditors, and employers on behalf of the victim
- Assistance with Civil Protection Orders
Difference between systems-based and community-based advocates
Understanding the difference between a systems-based advocate and a community-based advocate can be helpful. If you are engaging with system advocates, it is likely that community advocacy may also be beneficial to you, due to the variety of services provided. Learn more about our community partner organizations on our helpful services webpage.
You may only meet a System-based Advocate when engaging with a government or law enforcement agency. They are helpful liaisons between you and the systems you are engaging.
- Are typically part of a government or law enforcement system.
- Provide a range of specific support services, such as navigating the criminal justice system and understanding your rights.
- Are not able to keep information about your case confidential.
You do not need to be engaged with the criminal justice system to seek a Community Advocate.
- Are typically part of a nongovernment entity such as a non-for-profit agency.
- Are an excellent resource for ongoing safety planning.
- Can refer you to services and/or resources you may need.
- May be able to provide a higher level of confidentiality.
- Can support you through these issues before, during or after—regardless of whether you choose to report.
Need an interpreter?
Interpreters are provided to help with:
- Testimony in the State's case
- Restitution investigations
- Victim advocacy
If you or someone you are assisting needs an interpreter during the prosecution process, notify the deputy prosecuting attorney, paralegal, or victim assistance worker assigned to your case as soon as possible.
If you do not know who your deputy prosecuting attorney or paralegal is, call our records department:
Be prepared to provide your cause number. Interpretation is provided at no cost for all court events. Our office does not have interpreters on staff. For most languages, an interpreter can be available within a few days.