Crime Victim Assistance Program

June 26, 2013  | 

Atorney General Jim Hood with crime victims at Christmas (6)The Victim Assistance Program serves as the single point of contact for crime victims, provides a toll free information and referral line, assists with completion of financial aid applications, connects victims to support groups, educates law enforcement on victim rights and services, assists victims with invoking their rights and obtaining case and offender status and provides immediate notification to victims and survivors who have cases pending before the Mississippi Court of Appeals and the Mississippi Supreme Court. The Victim Assistance Program emphasis is providing assistance to individuals who live in rural areas where local victim services are not available.

 

 

 

The following services are provided:

  • Assistance obtaining victims rights
  • Assistance with the Crime Victim Compensation Application
  • Criminal justice and court related services
  • Crisis intervention
  • Information about the Mississippi Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights
  • General information and referral to appropriate service providers
  • Notification of Court of Appeal and Supreme Court decisions
  • Personal advocacy and support services

Victim Advocacy

Victim advocates also assist the Mississippi Office of Attorney General Criminal Division, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Public Integrity Division, Domestic Violence Division and Vulnerable Adult Division victims and those who have cases pending appeal.

Assistance provided is as follows:

  • Court accompaniment
  • Investigation and case updates
  • Notifications mandated by the Mississippi Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights

For information on how to obtain these services, contact the Office of the Attorney General’s Victim Assistance Program at 1-800-829-6766.

Resources and forms that might be helpful for you. Please click on the links below for access to the information referenced in the list.

Domestic Violence Shelters (updated 2013)

Youth Court Bill of Rights – Request to Exercise Rights

Criminal Justice Bill of Rights – Request to Exercise Bill of Rights

Law Enforcement Checklist (updated 2013)

Court Clerk Checklist (updated 2013)

Request for Materials

A Victim’s Guide 2013

Victim Compensation Application & Instructions (updated 2013)

Victims’ Rights & the Media (updated 2013)

Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights (updated 2013)

Crime Victims Bill of Rights Brochure 2013

Post Conviction Procedures Brochure 2013

To contact the Crime Prevention & Victim Services Division:

  • P.O. Box 220
  • Jackson, MS 39205-0220
  • Telephone: 601-359-6766
  • Toll Free Telephone: 800-829-6766
  • Fax: 601-576-4445

 

 

VINELink: A Notification Service Provided at No Charge to Victims of Crime

This free service allows crime victims and concerned citizens to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. Please click here to get registered for this service. Victims and other concerned citizens can register to be notified by phone, email, text message (SMS) or TTY device when an offender’s custody status changes. VINELink mobile app is now available by accessing their website. This service is provided by the Mississippi Department of Corrections.VINELink logo

 

 

 

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