Tri-Parish Victims Assistance Program
If you are a victim of a crime, we believe that you have rights. Our Tri-Parish Victims Assistance Program is available to provide information and emotional support as your case proceeds through the criminal court system. We aim to assist victims of violent crime by providing direct services to victims in need. This may include advocacy, emotional support, accompaniment to rape examinations and court proceedings, referrals to other agencies for assistance, and current information regarding case status.
An advocate is assigned, by the district attorney, to each case. This advocate is the intermediary between the victim and the criminal justice system. An Advocate is always available, both inside and outside the courtroom, to answer questions about your case, and provide information about the court process.
An advocate will keep you notified throughout the criminal court process. Written notification will inform you of upcoming court dates. This is an easy, convenient way to monitor your case. Most of the criminal court hearings do not require the presence of the victim.
An advocate is available to escort you into the courtroom, and provide emotional support throughout the court process. A waiting area outside the courtroom may also be arranged at your request.
Through our outreach program, advocates provide information to other agencies to coordinate all services available to victims. Advocates may also be available to provide information seminars to schools, churches, civic organizations, and health care agencies.