Domestic Violence Victim Information
Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking often become overwhelmed with all of the changes, stress and emotional turmoil. It is crucial that they get the answers to their questions and start to regain a sense of safety and power. By working together with local community resources, the hope is to provide the best resources possible to the critical needs of those who have been impacted by crime. Trained Victim Advocates are able to step in and provide the emotional and practical support for the victim and their family. They work with the victim to assess the victim's short term needs and long terms goals.
The face of a domestic violence victim is not restricted to gender, economics or ethnicity. A Victim Advocate will assess the victim’s individual needs and concerns and provide a variety of support and services. These may include:
- Safety Plan Development
- Personal Advocacy
- Referrals to Community Resources such as counseling, support groups and resources
- Provide updates on the status of their criminal case
- Assist in filing for Victims of Crime Compensation
- Assist in filing for a Temporary Protection Order or Stalking Order
- Inform the Victim of Victim's Rights
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has provided links to two documents that will assist victims and/or their families in finding resources and understanding their rights. Click on the links to open the documents.