SUMMARY OF SERVICES WE CAN OFFER:
Victims of crime need a variety of support systems to help them deal with the physical, emotional, financial and legal consequences of their victimization. In response to these needs we offer:
- Crisis intervention and help coping with the trauma of violent victimization
- Assistance filing Crime Victim Compensation claims and insurance forms
- Direction to help access medical and/or mental health services
- Advocacy within the criminal justice system
- Striving to ensure victims’ voices are heard and that their opinions are considered
- Assistance completing Victim Impact Statements
- Crisis intervention including 24-hour access to an advocate at 1-888-288-9221
- Guidance through the criminal justice process
- Accompaniment to court proceedings
- Referral to other support services available throughout the community
- Personal Systems Advocacy – Acting in support of victims with public service providers, creditors, employers, insurance companies, utilities providers, etc
- Information on applying for restitution
- Assistance in the Return of Personal Property that may have been taken by law enforcement as part of an investigation.
TYPES OF CRIME ADDRESSED BY ADVOCATES:
- Identity Theft
- Vehicular Homicide
- Hate Crimes
- Vehicular Assault
- Vulnerable Adult Abuse
- Property Crimes
- DUI/DWI Injuries
- Hit and Run
- Gang Violence
- Human Trafficking
- Child Physical Abuse
Direct services for Victims of Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault, and Stalking Crimes are not part of our program, however, we will gladly refer victims of these crimes to any services that are needed.
WHAT IS ADVOCACY?
Advocacy is the process of actively supporting, and/or acting on behalf of oneself, another person, or a cause. Advocacy can be action taken to assure the best possible services for or intervention in the service system on behalf of an individual.
At CVAN, our advocates are available to assist victims within multiple systems and to provide support, encouragement, information, resources and referrals to crime victims and their significant others.