Helping justice be victim friendly.
Serving Allen and Putnam Counties, Ohio
Who We Are
Regardless whether the crime was reported, prosecuted, or there was a conviction, Victim Advocates will believe and support victims of all types of crime and help make the justice process user-friendly. Our Mission is: To help victims prevail over the trauma of their victimization by assisting and advocating for safety, healing, justice, and restitution.
Court Advocacy started at Crime Victim Services in 1981 when local church volunteers recognized that victims of crime did not know how the justice system worked and did not get answers to their questions about the crime. Helping victims find their way through the process and providing an opportunity for victims to meet and ask questions (called Victim Offender Dialogue). Now, we have Licensed Social Workers who are expert Victim Advocates that specialize in felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases in both Allen and Putnam Counties, Ohio, as well as specialized Victim Advocates for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.
Today, victims have legal rights found in Ohio Revised Code Section 2930, which Victim Advocates are familiar with and can provide assistance in obtaining. We work closely with law enforcement, have access to prosecutor’s files, and receive hearing notices from the Courts – all the while working for the victim and not anyone in the justice system. For example, we can notify victims of hearings and attend with them or for them if they do not want to go, help them file Victim Impact Statements for the prosecutor and judge in their case, help in filing for Protection Orders and Victim Compensation reimbursement for injury and counseling costs, and providing crisis counseling and therapy to help recover from the trauma of victimization.
We want you to know: All services are free; there are no dumb questions; we care about you and not just about your case; you are not alone; we exist to make a difference in your life – including your safety, recovery from trauma, getting justice, and getting your bills paid.
We assist with your legal rights:
We assist whether the crime is:
- notification of hearings
- attend hearings for you
- object to delays
- request confidentiality
- prompt property return
- victim compensation (up to $50,000) from fines
- support person with you in court
- separate waiting area from defendants
- employment protection for court hearings
- victim impact statement.
We assist whether the crime is:
- reported to police
- reported but unsolved
- a property or violent offense
- a probation or parole violation
- from years ago and you want support, information or help with a parole hearing.
- testify for victims legislation
- do public service announcements and community speaking on victim concerns
- develop protocols with media, police, and prosecutors to protect victims and evidence
- give teddy bears to children who testify
- cooperate with offender rehabilitation programs to encourage accountability, healing, and reduce future crime
- work to protect your rights to participation, restitution and safety in an amendment to the United States Constitution.