The Crime Response Program provides services to victims of crime, their families, witnesses, on-scene or in the early stages of the investigation. Criminal charges are not required for initial contact or service provision, but the incident should be of a potentially criminal nature.
To report a crime in progress or one that has already occurred, call police at 911. The District Attorney's Office is not a “first responder” agency.
Crime Response Program services include:
- Crisis response, crisis intervention (phone contact or on-scene response), crime scene defusing, and debriefing.
- Assessing and responding to immediate and long-term safety needs of the victim through home safety checks, extra patrol, emergency cell phones and phone alarms.
- Providing emotional support, trauma incident reduction, explanation of trauma symptoms and coping techniques. Providing information, referrals and coordination of services with Victim Witness staff.
- Providing training regarding the unique needs of victims in the aftermath of crime.
- Serving as a liaison between law enforcement and agencies the victim is involved with (criminal justice system, employers, medical facilities, coroner, the courts, etc.).
- General and legal advocacy.