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Victim Services

This comprehensive program has been established to assist any victim of crime during a very difficult time in their life. The intent of Victim Advocate services is to assist victims with issues such as:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Identifying needs and accessing available resources through information and referral
  • Helping the victim understand their own role as being vital to solving crime
  • Educating and helping the victim participate in the criminal justice process
  • Assist with the development of short and long term safety plans for risk reduction and prevention of re-victimization

Victim Resources

Jackson Co. Prosecuting Attorney Victim Services   (816) 881-3555
Legal Aid of Western Missouri   (816) 474-6750
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)   (816) 931-4527
Missouri Victim Automated Notification System   (866) 566-8267
Missouri Victims Assistance Network   (800) 698-9199
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)   (913) 788-6233
Parents Anonymous Crisis Line   (314) 647-4357
Parents of Murdered Children (POMC)   (816) 850-4200
Domestic Violence Hotline   (816) 995-1000
Hope House   (816) 461-HOPE
American Red Cross   (816) 931-8400
Child Protection Center   (816) 881-1800

The Crime Victim's Bill of Rights

You have the right:

  • To timely and accurate information
  • To be free from intimidation
  • To be told about social services or community resources
  • To be present at all criminal justice proceedings at which the defendant has rights
  • To the return of any property when it is no longer needed for evidentiary reasons

You have the right to be notified of:

  • The status of the case including the filing of charges and final disposition
  • Plea agreement, changes in court schedules, date, time, and place of court hearings
  • Any release of offender from prison or institution, upon written request

You have the right to participate in prosecution:

  • To inform the court of the impact of the crime at pretrial and sentencing hearing
  • To confer with the prosecutor regarding pleas, bail, sentencing, and probation revocation

You have the right to reasonable protection from harm and threats:

  • Tampering with witnesses is against the law
  • Witnesses do not have to state their current addresses in court
  • Victims have the Right to a separate secure waiting area during court

You have the right to financial assistance:

  • Victims may be eligible for state victims compensation assistance for loss of income or support, funeral expenses, and reasonable medical, drug and counseling expenses
  • Victims may request restitution monies, which the offender may be ordered to pay as part of his or her penalty
  • Employers may not discipline or dismiss victims or witnesses who are called to testify in court

The Crime Victims Compensation fund is managed by:

The Division of Workers Compensation
Jefferson City, Missouri

(573) 526-6006 or 1-(800) 347-6881
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