Victim/Witness Assistance Program
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program, located within the District Attorney's Office, provides support to victims and witnesses of crime. This program ensures that all victims and witnesses are treated with sensitivity, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. The Victim/Witness Assistance Program ensures that the rights of victims and witnesses are honored and protected, as outlined in Wisconsin Statutory Chapter 950.
The staff believes in a caring and sensitive response to victims and witness during the court process. Victims and witnesses should not be blamed for what has happened to them and sensitivity to their privacy is given. Victims and witnesses need support, services, and a voice and this program is here to help.
- Support for the victim or witness of a crime from the time the crime occurs, through disposition, with special support for child victims and witnesses
- Information and referral to other sources of help for victims, including counseling and support groups
- Provide information on criminal justice procedures and information on the progress of the case through the criminal justice system
- Notification to victims and witnesses of court hearings, cancellations and rescheduling
- In court support for the victim or witness of a crime, including escorting them to hearings
- Provide Victim Impact Statements to victims and the court, to ensure a victim's voice is heard.
- Provide information to assist in obtaining restitution for financial losses
- Provide a safe and secure area while attending court proceedings
The Victim/Witness Program further provides information on how to obtain Crime Victim Compensation, what to expect if victims or witnesses are called to testify, and information on incarcerated offenders' status by using VINE (Victim Witness Network).