Crime victims may experience problems and disruptions that require special attention and support. The Victim Witness Services Division was created to assure that every possible benefit, service and courtesy is made available to crime victims and witnesses.
Frankee Haynes has been working with victims
What does the Victim-Witness Services Division do?
- Informs and assists victims of crime during the court process;
- Provides court accompaniment, support and information during the court process;
- Identifies needs of victims and witnesses and provides referrals to community resources;
- Assists with applications for Victims of Crime, Volunteer Attorneys and other services;
CRIME VICTIMS BILL OF RIGHTS
The 1983 Nevada General Assembly mandated certain rights and guarantees to crime victims and witnesses. Chapter 178 of the Nevada Revised Statutes recognizes the following needs and rights of crime victims.
1. You have the right to know the status of the case in which you are involved.
2. You have the right to be free from intimidation or dissuasion.
3. You have the right to know when your impounded property can be released.
4. You have the right to receive a witness fee for lawful obedience to a subpoena.
5. You have the right to understand the existing victim compensation laws and receive compensation, if applicable.
6. You have the right to a secure waiting area, which is not available to the defendant or his/her family when you are in court.
7. You have the right to know when the defendant is released from custody before or during trial (upon request).
8. You have the right to know when the offender is released from prison (upon written request).
Types of Abuse
- Definition of Domestic Violence: Any abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one memeber of a family or household on another can constitute domestic violence.
- Definition of Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person (and actually causes the victim) to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated, or harassed. NRS 200.575
- Definition of Harassment: Threats to injure the person or property of another person and using words or conduct that places the person receiving the threat in reasonable fear that the threat will be carried out. NRS 200.571.
- Definition of Sexual Assault: Subjecting another person to sexual penetration, against the will of the victim or under conditions in which the perpetrator knows or should know that the victim is mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding the nature of the conduct. NRS 200.366
- Defintion of Battery: Any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. NRS 200.481
- Definition of Assault: Intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate bodily harm. NRS 200.471.
- Definition of Kidnapping: Detention, concealment or removal of child from the person having lawful custody or from the jurisdiction of court. NRS 200.359.
- Definition of Child Abuse and Neglect: A person who willfully causes a child who is less than 18 years of age, to suffer unjustifiable physical or mental suffering as a result of abuse or neglect, or to be placed in a situation that causes physical pain or mental suffering as a result of abuse or neglect. NRS 200.508.
- Definition of Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation or Isolation of Older Person: Infliction of pain, injury or mental anguish on an older person, or deprivation of food, shelter, clothing or necessary services, or a person in a position of trust obtaining control, through deception, intimidation or undue influence of an older person's money, assets or property with the intention of permanently depriving the person of their money, assets or property, or intentionally preventing an older person from having contact with another person, including personal visits, mail or telephone calls. NRS 200.509.
Sheriffs Department 887-2500 (Civil Division) Dispatch 887-2008 (Non-Emergency)
Advocates to End Domestic Violence (Shelter) & (24 hotline) 883-7654
Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARA) 883-7654
Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) 687-4943
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 882-6776
Elder Protective Services 687-4210
Carson City Juvenile Probation Department 887-2033
Nevada Legal Services 883-0404
Victims of Crime 688-2900
Carson Tahoe Behavioral Health 885-4460
Alcoholics Anonymous 355-1151
Gambler's Anonymous 887-3947
Narcotics Anonymous 883-5110
Alanon & Alateen 348-7103