"Advocating both directly and indirectly for victims' rights, treating crime victims with dignity and respect, educating crime victims of their rights and responsibilities as part of the Criminal Justice System while stressing safety and accountability - all in hopes of gaining better victim understanding, participation and cooperation".
Victim-Witness Assistance Services Inc. is a non-profit organization to help victims and witnesses of crime in Cascade County. Victim-Witness assists people with:
Jail Release notification to victims of offenders
Crime Victim Compensation applications
Orders of Protection (they are Free; not tied to divorce or custody cases)
Victim Impact Statements
Victim Notification of MT State Prison inmate status
Moral and emotional support
Assistance through the criminal justice system and explain how it works
Tracking court case information and provide court accompaniment in Cascade County
Contacts with Victim-Witness are confidential and all services are free to victims, witnesses, and their families. Services for Victims of ANY crime include court accompaniment, tracking court cases, assistance through the criminal justice system, referrals to other more specialized agencies, and providing moral and emotional support. If you are the victim of partner or family member abuse, you have the right to request an Order of Protection (temporary or permanent) to help ensure your safety.
Would you recommend Victim Witness Assistance Services?
This is a GREAT program!!!! The staff truly are commpassionate and caring when dealing with victims. Crime will never go away, so volunteers will always be needed to help victims overcome tragedy in their lives.