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Victim Witness Division


The goal of a Victim Advocate is to help victims prevail over the trauma of their victimization by assisting and advocating for safety, healing, justice, and restitution. It has been proven that victims heal faster & move on with their lives quicker when they receive assistance & support from trained advocates & have a voice in the judicial system. The advocate provides support, resources, and an understanding of the process of victimization & trauma recovery.


Victim Rights

If you or a member of your family have been the victim of a crime listed below, you could be eligible to receive notification of the criminal proceedings:

  • All felony crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sex Offenses
  • Assault
  • Menacing
  • Aggravated Menacing
  • Menacing by stalking
  • Intimidation
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Negligent Homicide
  • OVI crimes
  • Motor Vehicle accidents resulting in medical attention

Notification of Victim Rights

As a victim, you have the right to be notified of information concerning the case. A letter including a client information form will be sent to you. If assistance is desired, it is the victim's responsibility to complete the client information form and return it to the Prosecutor's Office, Victim/Witness Division. If, as a victim, you are unable to receive notification, you may authorize a representative to be notified on your behalf. If you return the completed client information form, you will have the rights to the following:

  • All scheduled court proceedings and schedule changes, including date, time and location
  • Explanation of court proceedings
  • Support advocacy and court escort throughout the criminal justice process
  • Attendance at the trial and any related hearings or proceedings
  • Opportunity to prepare an impact statement, oral or written, as part of the pre-sentence investigation
  • Information concerning victim compensation according to the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program

Literature

Prosecutor's Office Forms and Literature:

Prosecutor's Office Juvenile Forms And Brochures:

Attorney General Literature:


Felony Division Victim Advocates
Vickie Cole-Martin - 887-3511
Sue Gorrell - 785-5191
Amanda Rose - 887-3775

Juvenile Division Victim Advocates
Kelli Provart - 785-5588
Kyra Taylor - 785-5469