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Victim Assistance

After a case is accepted for prosecution by the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, the victim assistance coordinator sends an initial contact packet to the crime victim. The packet contains informational brochures, a victim impact statement, and information about the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program. They also receive information about and an application for crime victim compensation or property restitution, if applicable.
 
A victim assistance coordinator can assist in providing information on court dates, jail status, disposition information, and referrals to available social service agencies. The coordinator may also assist in completing forms and explaining general court process and procedures. The victim assistance coordinator can accompany the victim to court or meetings with prosecutors and investigators. Our office is able to provide a comfortable, safe and secure waiting area, away from the courts and media where victims and their families can relax and feel secure during court proceedings.

The victim coordinators work closely with other agencies to provide referrals to victims of crime. They may include MADD, The Childrens Advocacy Center of Van Zandt County, the East Texas Crisis Center and the local law enforcement agencies within our county.

If you are a victim in a case that is pending in  Van Zandt County, you can contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at (903) 567-4104. We are located at 400 S. Buffalo, Canton TX 75103.

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