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Heather Hicks
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The direct-dial phone number to speak with our
Victim-Witness Unit is
(517) 543-4835

 

 

 

 


The Eaton County Victim-Witness Assistance Service is a liaison
between crime victims and witnesses, and the criminal justice system.

 

    Crime in Eaton County touches all of us. When one person is victimized, we all --- as a community --- suffer. If you are not personally a victim of crime, then you know a relative, friend or neighbor who is. Being a victim of, or a witness to, crime can be a frightening experience. You often feel violated by the intrusion into your life and are left with feelings of anger and pain.

    Victims and witnesses naturally look to the criminal justice system for vindication and justice, but all too often find a court system which appears to be dedicated to protecting the very people who have caused their anger and pain. While the criminal justice system is designed to protect, support and serve our communities, most citizens do not learn about it until after they become victims of crime --- the worst possible time to try to understand the complex roles and responsibilities of each of the "players" in the system. However, no criminal can be successfully prosecuted without the valuable assistance of victims and witnesses.

    As a result of strong advocacy, crime victims have rights. The web pages linked above will help you to learn about those rights, inform you about Michigan's Victim Compensation Fund, answer many questions concerning crime victims, and advise you of local, state-wide and national crime victim resources.  The National Center for Victims of Crime has links to cover topics such as; Assault, Child Abuse (for youth), Domestic Violence, Homicide, Impaired Driving, Robbery, Sexual Violence, Stalking and What Adults Need to Know About Child Abuse.  We are one of many service agencies created to help and support victims of crime. 

    Our Victim-Witness Assistance Program is designed to help victims and witnesses ... to answer questions ... to keep you informed ... to provide referrals to counseling and support groups ... and to provide personal assistance when possible.   

    I encourage you to contact our Victim-Witness Coordinator, Heather Hicks, if you have any questions. We are here to serve you.

     

    With kindest regards,
    Douglas R. Lloyd
    Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney

     


How We Can Help


The Eaton County Victim-Witness Program was created to assist victims and witnesses of crime during their involvement with the criminal justice system. We provide the following services upon request:

  • status information on cases
  • referrals for counseling, support groups and emergency services (food, shelter and clothing)
  • crime victim compensation information
  • victim impact statements
  • restitution information and assistance
  • help with the return of personal property
  • accompanying a victim to court
  • employer intervention
  • orientation to the courtroom setting and information on how the court works
  • privacy prior to appearing in court
  • informing the community about victim's rights

Our office is located on the second floor of the Eaton County Courthouse, 1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, MI 48813. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

As a crime victim, you may need information. We encourage you to call with any questions or concerns, and let us assist you. Call Heather Hicks, our Victim-Witness Coordinator at (517) 543-4835, or call a victim assistance agency.

 

 


 

Crime Victim & Crime Prevention
Program Calendar

 

2013

 

March 2013
3/18-3/23 National Youth Violence Prevention Week  
APRIL 2013
National Child Abuse Prevention Month Prevent Child Abuse America
National Youth Service Days
4/21 - 4/27 Nat'l Crime Victims' Rights Week:
New Challenges, New Solutions
DoJ Office for Victims of Crimes
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Org for Victim Assistance
www.CrimeVictims.gov
4/24 Crime Victims' Candlelight Vigil
Michigan Capitol Rotunda
 
MAY 2013
5/1 Law Day ABA Law Day 2010:
Law in the 21st Century - Emerging Challenges and Enduring Traditions
5/12-18 National Police Week National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
5/15 National Peace Officers' Memorial Day  
5/25

National Missing Children's Day

 
JULY 2013
7/21 - 7/27 National Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week

www.appa-net.org

AUGUST 2013

8/6 (Tuesday) National Night Out National Association of Town Watch
National Night Out
SEPTEMBER 2013
  National Campus Safety Awareness Month

www.securityoncampus.org

9/25 National Day of Remembrance for Murdered Victims

www.pomc.org

9/8 - 9/14 National Suicide Prevention Week

www.suicidology.org

  Crime Stoppers  Month www.c-s-i.org

OCTOBER 2013

National Crime Prevention Month National Crime Prevention Council
10/20 - 10/26 America's Safe Schools Week

www.schoolsafety.us

  National Domestic Violence Awareness Month www.ncadv.org
  National Bullyiing Prevention Awareness Month

www.schoolsafety.us

NOVEMBER 2013
  Tie One on for Safety www.madd.org

DECEMBER 2013

National Drunk & Drugged Driving Awareness Month Mothers Against Drunk Driving
National Commission Against Drunk Driving

 




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