Victim & Witness Services
It is the mission of the Natrona County Victim Response Unit to be available and helpful to all victims of crime, to speed their physical and emotional recovery, by providing on scene crisis intervention, referrals to other agencies, aid victims and witnesses through the process of the criminal justice system and to inform victims of their rights under Wyoming Statutes 1-40-210 through 1-40-213.
The Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Victim Response Unit does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the ground of race, color, national origin, disability, or age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, and in staff and employee assignments, whether carried out by VRU staff directly or through a volunteer.
Wyoming Crime Victim Bill of Rights
Since the passage of Wyoming's Victims Bill of Rights in 1991, victim service providers and criminal justice agencies have worked to enforce and ensure these rights.
- The right to be treated with compassion, respect, and sensitivity within the criminal justice system;
- The right to know the whereabouts of the offender and the current status of the case;
- The right to receive restitution from offenders;
- The right to know all rights under this law, including information about services and victims assistance at the local level;
- The right to know about victim compensation;
- The right to reasonable protection and safety and the right to know of legal recourse if threatened;
- The right to prompt return of property;
- The right to preservation of employment while participating in the criminal justice process;
- The right to be informed about the opportunity to make a victim impact statement at sentencing and parole hearing; and
- The right to be present at trial.
- Services Provided
- Victim Notification System
- Victim's Compensation
- Criminal Justice Case Processes
- Provide crisis intervention whether it be on immediately on scene or soon there after.
- May provide direct crime victims to medical care, emergency food and shelter, clothing and other subsistence, transportation or child care.
- Coordinate follow up investigative information to victims.
- Accompany victims to court, if desired.
- Aid victims with compensation applications or private insurance claims.
- Inform victims of legal process involving protection orders, restraining orders or other protection documents.
- Advise victims as to the status of case investigations.
- Assist in coordination of victims appearances for interviews, photo line ups, etc.
- Provide Victim Services and information to all victims of crime
- Provide victim with information and assistance with Victims Compensation, to include filling out the application and submitting it to the Division
- Provide victims with community partners for additional services to include, counseling, child care, transportation, emergency housing.
- If the victim is deemed to be the suspect after determination by the District Attorney's office, services will be stopped immediately.
- In the event a victim makes the decision to become uncooperative with Law Enforcement, services will be stopped immediately.
VINE is the nation’s leading victim notification network. It allows survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens to access timely and reliable information about offenders or criminal cases in U.S. jails and prisons.
Register with VINE to receive automated notifications via email, text, or phone call, or check custody status information online at any time. The registration is easy to use and when registered it will notify the victim upon release of the suspect.
Available in 48 states and covering 2,900 incarceration facilities, VINE is a lifesaving service that offers peace of mind to millions of people every day.
Anyone can become a victim of violent crime. Each year, the Wyoming Crime Victims' Compensation program reaches hundreds of victims who have suffered financial loss, physical injuries and emotional trauma as a result of personal crimes.
The program cannot erase the painful memories of a crime, but we hope it can help ease the financial burdens that victims face.
If you would like to help victims in crisis and provide a valuable service to the citizens of Natrona County, please fill out an online application for submission to the Victim Services Coordinator for the opportunity to become part of our team.
Volunteers are required to complete 40 hours of classroom and online training before being allowed to have direct contact with victims.
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