BILL OF RIGHTS FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME:
- Victims should be treated with courtesy, compassion and with respect for their dignity and privacy and should suffer the minimum of necessary inconvenience from their involvement with the criminal justice system.
- Victims should receive, through formal and informal procedures, prompt and fair redress for the harm which they have suffered.
- Information regarding the availability of criminal restitution, recovery of damages in a civil cause of action, the crime victim’s compensation fund and other remedies and the mechanisms to obtain such remedies should be made available to victims.
- Information should be made available to victims about their participation in criminal proceedings and the scheduling, progress and ultimate disposition of the proceedings.
- The views and concerns of victims should be ascertained, and the appropriate assistance provided throughout the criminal process.
- When the personal interests of victims are affected, the views or concerns of the victim should, when appropriate and consistent with criminal law and procedure, be brought to the attention of the court.
- Measures may be taken when necessary to provide for the safety of victims and their families and to protect them from intimidation and retaliation.
- Enhanced training should be made available to sensitize criminal justice personnel to the needs and concerns of victims and guidelines should be developed for this purpose.
- Victims should be informed of the availability of health and social services and other relevant assistance that they might continue to receive the necessary medical, psychological, and social assistance through existing programs and services.
- Victims should report the crime and cooperate with law enforcement authorities.
Non-U.S. citizens who may have been the victim of certain types of crimes, may be eligible for a U Visa.
For further information visit: U and T Visa Law Enforcement Resources | Homeland Security (dhs.gov)
For more information about other immigration benefits including T nonimmigrant status (T visa) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) relief visit: Humanitarian | USCIS (uscis.gov)
|EMERGENCY & NONEMERGENCY CALLS||911|
|RENO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE||620-694-2735||renogov.org/sheriff||206 W 1st. Hutchison, KS 67501|
|RENO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY||620-694-2715||renogov.org/attorney||206 W 1st. Hutchison, KS 67501|
|BRIGHT HOUSEfirstname.lastname@example.org||620-663-2522(Crisis Line)|
|125 W 2nd. Suite B. Hutchinson, KS 67501|
|HORIZONS MENTAL HEALTH CENTER||620-663-7595|
|HUTCHINSON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER||620-665-2000|
|UNITED WAY RESOURCE REFERRAL SYSTEM||211|
|NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN||800-843-5678||www.missingkids.com|
|NATIONAL MISSING & UNIDENTIFIED PERSON SYSTEM||855-626-7600||namus.nij.ojp.gov|
Law enforcement agencies serving Reno County are actively committed to intervention and prosecution of all domestic violence cases. Criminal charges are filed by the state and not by the victim of domestic violence. A case will not be dismissed because the victim requests that the charges be dismissed. Prosecution is at the discretion of the District Attorney. Information about your case may be made public. The victim of a crime or the victim’s family shall be notified by the District Attorney of the right to be present at any public hearing where the accused or the convicted person has the right to appear and be heard.
If you are identified as a victim of a Domestic Violence case, you should be aware of certain conditions which apply to the case and the suspect.
A four-hour hold is placed on Domestic Violence arrestees. This means the person arrested, will not be allowed to bond out for at least four hours. In some cases, a longer hold is applied.
The District Court places a no-contact order on the suspect after a Domestic Violence arrest. This means the suspect is not allowed to contact the victim after his/her release from jail. The no contact order is in place until the judge dismisses the order. If the suspect contacts you while the no-contact order is in place, contact the police or sheriff at your location for investigation and possible charges against the suspect.
The Reno County District Attorney’s Office participates in the VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) program. To receive notice of the suspects release from jail, visit www.vinelink.com, call 1-866-574-8463, or download the VINE mobile app and follow the instructions. TTY users can call 1-866-847-1298.
PROTECTION FROM ABUSE (PFA) - Any person who has been abused by an intimate partner, household member (live or formerly lived together) or someone they had a dating relationship with is eligible for a PFA. Neighbors, in-laws, friends and co-workers, as long as they do not live or have not lived in the same household, are not eligible for a PFA.
PROTECTION FROM STALKING (PFS) - Any person who is a victim of stalking is eligible for a PFS. Stalking is the intentional harassment of another person that places that person in reasonable fear for that person’s safety. Harassment is a knowing and intentional course of conduct that is directed at a specific person to seriously alarm, annoy, torment, or terrorize the person. Course of Conduct is two or more separate acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose that would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.
Crime Victims Compensation
If you are the victim of a person crime you may be eligible for assistance in recovering loses. The following requirements must be met before your claim will receive consideration:
- Applicants must be filed within two years of the incident with certain exceptions for sexual assault cases. In some circumstances, compensation for mental health counseling may be awarded to victims of sexual assault or child witnesses of certain crimes if a claim is filed beyond the two-year period.
- The crime must be reported to the law enforcement agency where the crime was committed within 72 hours or would have been reported within that time except for a valid reason.
- The crime occurred in Kansas, or outside the US to a Kansas resident.
- Victim suffered bodily harm (including mental disorder or death) as a victim of a violent crime.
- The claimant and/or victim, fully cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation and prosecution.
- Economic loss must exceed $100 with the exception of sexual assault.
- Only person crimes qualify for compensation.
CRIME VICTIMS’ COMPENSATION BOARD:
Address: 120 SW 10th, Topeka, Kansas 66612-1597
Phone: 1-800-828-9745 or 1-785-296-2359
Or contact The Reno County Victim Witness Coordinator at 620-694-2715