LIVINGSTON COUNTY VICTIM / WITNESS SERVICES

Livingston County State’s Attorney’s Office
Livingston County Courthouse
Pontiac, IL 61764
TEL: (815) 844-5169

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday

SERVICES

The Victim / Witness Program will provide support to violent crime victims at all phases of the court process. Program responsibilities include:

* Assisting crime victims in understanding and coping with the criminal justice process;

* Providing crime victims with information at various stages of a criminal prosecution;

* Acquainting / referring crime victims with existing social services; community resources available to help victims deal with trauma of their victimization;

* Familiarizing victims with their role in criminal justice process;

* Informing crime victims of the information to which they are entitled pursuant to the Illinois Bill of Rights for Victims and Witnesses of Violent Crimes;

* Accompanying or arranging for a supportive individual to accompany all victims of violent crimes and other crimes to court hearings;

* Identifying and cooperating with local resources which are available to provide support and other assistance to crime victims;

* Assisting crime victims who qualify for compensation in the completion of the necessary forms.

AREA SERVED

Livingston County.

ELIGIBILITY

Clients must be residents of Livingston County (out of county individuals will be referred to appropriate agencies in that home county).

Program services are specialized for victims of violent crimes, but may be utilized in other cases the State’s Attorney deems appropriate.

REFERRAL PROCESS

Referrals are primarily made by the State’s Attorney’s office. However, referrals are also made by law enforcement agencies, social service agencies and individuals knowledgeable about the program.

FUNDING

Illinois Violent Crime Victims Assistance Program (Illinois Attorney General’s Office); Livingston County.

FEE SCHEDULE

No fees are charged for services.

STAFF / TITLE

Carol Woodward Program Coordinator