Victim Services

The Duncan Police Department strives to ensure that victims of crimes are aware and understand services and resources available to them and also have knowledge of rights afforded to them under the Victim’s Bill of Rights

Some of these rights include:

1. To be treated with fairness, respect and dignity and to be free from intimidation, harassment or abuse.
2. Be reasonably informed when the accused or convicted person is arrested, released from custody, or has escaped.
3. Be informed of and present at all criminal proceedings which are dispositive of the charges where the defendant has the right to be present.
4. To be allowed to submit either a written or oral statement at all hearings affecting bond or bail.
5. To be heard at any proceeding involving a post arrest motion, plea or sentencing.
6. Be reasonably protected from the accused or persons acting on behalf of the accused throughout the criminal justice process.
7. To confer with the prosecution before the trial, or before any disposition, and be informed of the disposition.
8. To have reasonable access after the conclusion of the criminal investigation to all documents relating to the crime against the victim before trial.
9. To receive prompt and full restitution from the convicted person or persons.
10. To be informed of any post-conviction action or hearing and be present at any hearing.
11. To a reasonable disposition and prompt and final resolution of the case.

Some services available to victims of crimes include:

* crisis intervention
* assessment of basic crime victim trauma
* crime victim referrals (networks and consults with private, county, state and federal organizations and professionals involved in assisting intermediate and long-term support services for crime victims);
* assists with the administration of state crime victim service policies (state crime victim compensation and restitution applications);
* advocates victim’s rights (remains informed and educated with current issues, policies and legislation reform and social change relating to crime victims);
* assists with coordination of petitioning the courts and accompaniment to appearances

Victim Services Links

South Carolina Office of Victim Assistance (SOVA)

http://www.govoepp.state.sc.us/sova/

South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN)

http://www.scvan.org/

South Carolina Law Enforcement Victim Advocate Association (LEVA)

http://www.scleva.com/

South Carolina Department of Public Safety Families of Highway Fatalities (FHF)

http://www.schp.org/inmemoryof/Family.aspx

The Children’s Trust of South Carolina

http://www.scchildren.org/ChildrensTrust/default.shtml

South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assualt

http://www.sccadvasa.org/

Safe Homes Rape Crisis Coalition

Safe Homes Rape Crisis Coalition