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Emotional Support and Community Service Referrals
All victims are entitled to receive emotional support in the handling of their case. Our program shows empathy, compassion and genuine concern for you. We approach each case with an open mind and are flexible to your needs for support. Some cases are brief and the individual is comfortable with the process, and others require additional support or services. Sometimes a referral is necessary for you to receive the services that are needed. When a referral takes place within our program, we put you in touch with other community services that have the resources to assist. When we refer a client to another professional service, it does not mean that we stop working with you, but rather that we work as part of a team to best meet your case needs.
Crisis Intervention Services
Our program handles many cases that require immediate services to provide you with a safe environment. Crisis Intervention Services offer immediate, short-term help to victims who experience an event that produces emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral distress or problems. These services are typically provided in person and are designed to guide you through the process of your case.
Assistance in filing victim compensations claims
When you are the victim of a crime, you have the option of filing a victim compensation claim and our program will assist you. The compensation program helps innocent victims and their families when they have no other means of paying for the financial costs as a result of a crime. The compensation program is funded by the Wyoming Division of Victim Services and is replenished by criminals who pay restitution.
Information about the Status of a Criminal Case
Our program assists victims with status updates on criminal proceedings resulting from the crime against them. This includes notification of all criminal hearings, trials, associated charges and additional information pertaining to the case.
Information on Court Procedures
Similar to Status of a Criminal Case, our program also provides the victim with information on Court Procedures resulting from the crime. While criminal procedures differ dramatically dependent upon case, the process generally begins with a formal criminal charge and results in the conviction or acquittal of the accused. Our program will assist you with updates on these procedures.
Accompanying Victims and Witnesses to Court and Parole Board Hearings
Our program offers support to the victim if they wish to attend any of the Court or Parole Boarding Hearings of the accuser. We will attend these proceedings with you and offer you any additional support and assistance as needed.
Employer and Creditor Intervention Services
The impact of crimes have a large casting effect on a victim's life, this sometimes results in the individual needing financial services. When the case requires this assistance our program will work with you to address your employer and/or creditor. Each case is unique and requires different levels of assistance.
Facilitating the return of evidence
Sometimes cases require evidence to be collected and processed in order to be presented to a court or jury in proof of the case. If your property is seized for evidence in a case, we will assist you at the conclusion of the proceedings to have this returned to you if possible. Evidence collected could include records, documents, and/or property.
Assistance with Court Ordered Restitution
Our program will help facilitate the return of property or restitution payments to you if court ordered. In some cases restitution is made part of a judgment in negligence and/or contracts cases. In criminal cases, one of the penalties imposed is requiring the return of stolen goods to the victim or payment to the victim for harm caused. If your case involves this component, we will assist you through the process.
Information and Referrals on Family Violence and Stalking Protection Orders
When a Stalking Protective Order is court ordered, that tells a person who has made unwanted contact with you or a member of your immediate family or household to stop this behavior. When a Restraining Order or Protective Order is used by a court, this protects a person or entity, and the general public, in a situation involving alleged domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or sexual assault. If your case involves a Stalking or Protection Order, we will be able to assist and refer you to necessary resources.
Assistance in Filing Small Claims
If your incident requires the filing of a small claims case, our program will assist you with this process and provide resources or referrals.
DUI Victim Impact Panels
If your case is related to a DUI incident, you will have the opportunity to offer testimony during A Victim Impact Panel (VIP). This is a community-based meeting for victims/witnesses to describe the experiences they or loved ones have endured due to the actions of drunken drivers. Some Judges require that DUI offenders attend the meetings as part of their court sentences. Our program will help you present a statement if you choose to do so.
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religion, sex, disability and age in the delivery of services