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Bureau of Victim Assistance

The Bureau of Victim Assistance serves as the single point of contact for crime victims. 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 victim service providers
  • Notification of Court of Appeals and Supreme Court decisions
  • Personal advocacy and support services
  • Victim Advocacy

If you have questions or need assistance, contact us at victimassistance@ago.ms.gov

Victim Advocates

Our advocates can help crime victims and their families through this difficult experience. Assistance provided includes court accompaniment, investigation and case updates, and notifications mandated by the Mississippi Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights.  For information on how to obtain these services, contact us at 1-800-829-6766.

Victim Advocates by Region - Map

Victim Services Directory: Here victims of crime and their families can find resources across the State for services and support. Our Advocates are currently updating the Directory and a new and improved version will soon be available here.

Crime Victims' Bill of Rights: In 1998, Mississippi passed the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights. This law gives victims the right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect throughout the criminal justice process and ensures they can be informed, present, and heard during public hearings.

View a video presentation of your rights by the staff of the Attorney General’s Office here.

Governor’s Proclamation for Victims’ Rights Week 2020

Mississippi Crime Victims' Bill of Rights

Sample Crime Victims' Bill of Rights Packet

Criminal Justice Bill of Rights – Request to Exercise Rights: Send your completed form to the investigating law enforcement agency.

Crime Victim Notification Online Form

Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights – Law Enforcement Checklist

Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights – Court Clerk Checklist

Address Confidentiality Program: If a victim moves to a new location to escape domestic violence, sexual abuse, or stalking, the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) can help them keep their address confidential. ACP participant’s first class, certified, and registered mail is sent to a secure substitute address and then forwarded to their new home.  Participants can also use the ACP substitute address for a variety of state and local government requirements, such as getting a Mississippi driver’s license, registering to vote, and enrolling children in public schools. This brochure can help you get started.  Please speak to your advocate if you have any other questions.

Victim Compensation

The Victim Compensation Program provides financial assistance to innocent victims of violent crime and their eligible family members. The Program helps to reduce the financial burden resulting from a violent crime by reimbursing eligible victims/family members for their crime-related expenses not covered by any other benefit source (insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, disability/death benefits, Workers’ Compensation, etc.). Limitations do apply. Eligible applicants may be reimbursed for crime related expenses associated with:

  • medical/dental treatment
  • rehabilitation
  • mental health services
  • lost wages
  • loss of support (dependent[s] of homicide victim)
  • tuition loss
  • funeral costs
  • limited transportation costs
  • repair/replacement of exterior windows, doors, and locks damaged during a crime,
  • domestic violence temporary housing and relocation
  • crime scene cleanup

Victim Compensation Application

Victims Comp Authorized Contact Form

FAQs

Provider's Application Status Request

Sexual Assault Payment Policy

Child/Adolescent Sexual Assault Exam Form Acute Less Than or Equal to 72 Hours

Child/Adolescent Less Than 18 YOA Sexual Assault Exam Form Non Acute Less Than 72 Hours

Adolescent/Adult Sexual Assault Exam Form Acute Less Than/Equal To 72 Hours

Mississippi Administrative Code: Title 3, Part 1

Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Disability Benefits Trust Fund

Through the Trust Fund, career and volunteer law enforcement officers and fire fighters who are accidentally or intentionally injured in the line of duty may be eligible to receive disability benefits. If you have any questions about this program , please contact us at LEOFFFund@ago.ms.gov or 601-359-6766.

COVID-19 Supplemental Forms: My office issued an emergency temporary rule in May 2020 to allow eligible first responders who contract COVID-19 while on duty to apply for benefits.  Use these forms to supplement your standard application.

Standard Application for Career Officers and Fire Fighters

Standard Application for Volunteer Fire Fighters and Reserve/Auxiliary Law Enforcement

Return to work sample letter

Re-Certification form

Mississippi Administrative Code: Title 3, Part 2

Useful Links
  • VineLink: 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 register 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.
  • Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: The Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services provides a toll free hotline (1-800-222-8000) and online access for reporting child abuse and neglect.
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: The NCMEC “get help now” page includes information on reporting a missing child, reporting tips to help find a missing child, and a cyber tipline for information on children being exploited online.
  • Mental Health Helpline: For more information about services or if you or a loved one needs help, call the Mississippi Department of Mental Health’s Helpline at 1-877-210-8513 or visit the helpline web page.
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
  • Veterans Crisis Line: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs runs a crisis line for veterans in need of help.  You can connect with caring, qualified responders, many of whom are veterans themselves, by calling 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or chatting online.
  • Human Trafficking Hotline:  If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call 1-888-373-7888 or chat confidentially here.


Teri Gleason,
Bureau of Victim’s Assistance (BOVA)

Teri was born in Dallas, Texas prior to her family moving to Jackson in 1965.  Teri attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and Jackson Prep. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1986.  Teri was a paralegal at Heidelberg & Woodliff in Jackson until 1995 when she was accepted to Mississippi College School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1998.  Teri has enjoyed a thirty year legal career, and as a lawyer has represented individual clients in need as well as corporations, law enforcement and governmental entities.

Teri is a communicant of the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church in Madison, Mississippi and is President of the Chapel’s Constance and Her Companions Chapter, Order of The Daughters of the King. Teri also is a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Ralph Humphreys Chapter in Jackson, Mississippi, where she has served as Regent since 2018.

Teri is married to Jay Stigler from Greenwood, Mississippi. They live in Madison with their two puppies, Angus and Annabelle.

Contact Us
601.359.3680
P.O. Box 220, Jackson MS 39205
550 High Street, Jackson MS 39201