The Victim Advocate Unit consists of six Victim Advocates, a Technician and a Supervisor. The Victim Advocate Unit’s focus is to ensure the rights of victims are honored. They provide information and support throughout the entire investigative and criminal justice process. Victim Advocates assess the needs of victims and provide support from the onset of victimization. They also maintain a current listing of community resources to include referrals for counseling, legal aid, emergency food and shelter, safe housing and support groups. Unit members are on call 24 hours a day.
Across the country, crime victims and other concerned citizens are using VINE for access to timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day — over the telephone, through the Internet, or by e-mail.
Victims can call to inquire about the current status of an offender and can register to be notified immediately in the event of an offender’s release, escape, transfer, or court appearance.
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