The problem that the Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance Program addresses is the emotional trauma that surrounds crime victims and their families after victimization. Crime victims often feel like they are outside observers of the Criminal Justice Process and are unaware of their rights and the services available to them. The Vigo County Crime Victim Assistance Program works to address these and many other problems that occur following a criminal victimization. The program advocates strive to provide accurate, current court information to victims whose cases are moving through the Criminal Justice System. Advocates also serve as a support system to the victim throughout the process by attending hearings, meetings, and criminal trials with the victim. The program advocates also provide assistance with victim impact statements, contact victims to provide information about Protective Orders, Violent Crime Compensation, Indiana SAVIN, Indiana VINE, and will assist victims with filling out the corresponding forms. Victim Assistance advocates provide crisis-intervention to serve crime victims and survivors immediately following a criminal victimization.
In the Community
Throughout the years advocates have participated in community awareness programs such as Take back the Night, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Shine a Light on Child Abuse, Community Health Fair, and National Night Out. The advocates have also hosted National Crime Victims' Right Week which is held during the month of April.
We have Victim Advocates trained to help with all crimes, however you may contact advocates at the Council On Domestic Abuse for more extensive domestic violence services. We are not the police, and we will not require victims to report crime in order to receive assistance. However, we strongly encourage victims to report any incidences of crime or violence as it is in their best interest and protection.