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    Victim Services

    As a victim of crime, how may we help you?

    The experience of a crime victim can be a scary and confusing time; often victims do not know where to begin to obtain information.  Please know, as a victim of violent crime, or close family member of a deceased victim, you have rights within the criminal justice system. You have a right to participate and be involved in this process.  You are not alone.

    The criminal justice process

    Our Victim Advocates exist to help Tarrant County victims of violent crime navigate the complex criminal justice process with compassion and competence.  The victim advocate assigned to your case can help you in the following ways: 

    •        Inform you of your rights as set forth in the law
    •        Assist with safety planning and make appropriate referrals, as needed
    •        Assist with applying for Crime Victims’ Compensation
    •        Assist with completing the Victim Impact Statement
    •        Assist with protective orders and other paperwork, as needed 
    •        Accompany you to meetings with your prosecutor and/or to court  

    The victim advocate assists victims in cases of sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, trafficking of persons, injury to a child, elderly or disabled individual, family violence, close family members of victims in death cases, and assists victims in property crimes.   

    Information, notification, participation and protection

    You have the right to be informed about the criminal case in which you or a loved one is a victim.  This includes receiving written information about the case, information about the process, court settings, plea arrangements and/or trial.  You have the right to speak to the victim advocate and the prosecutor assigned to your case.   

    Crime Victim’s Compensation

    As a victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible to apply for Crime Victims’ Compensation.  This program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General can help pay for certain medical expenses, counseling, funeral arrangements and in some cases, rental and moving expenses. If you would like to apply you can request an application by calling 1-800-983-9933 or visiting on the web at www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/index.shtml.

    Texas VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)

    If the defendant in your case is arrested and booked into the Tarrant County Jail you can register to be notified should they bond out.  Texas VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a program through the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office that is designed to inform victims about the defendant’s jail status.  You can access this automated system to register by calling 1-877-894-8463 (TX4-VINE) or visit online at www.vinelink.com.

    Community Partners assisting victims

    The victim advocates maintain collaborations with community partners below to more effectively assist victims:

    The Women’s Center of Tarrant County

    Trauma Support Services of North Texas, Inc.

    SafeHaven of Tarrant County

    Alliance for Children

    One Safe Place