Defiance County Victim Assistance, under the direction of the Defiance County Prosecuting Attorney, provides support, information, and advocacy for any victim of crime in Defiance County.
All services are free of charge, confidential and provided only at the victim's request.
From the moment a crime occurs, Victim Advocates are available to help in various ways. Two full-time advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Victim advocates offer emotional support for the victim and or family members. This support may range from a listening ear to accompaniment in court, transportation and or child care for victims needing to go to trial.
Many crime victims find themselves in need of outside help, but have no idea where to get it. Advocates will provide referrals to public and private service agencies and the domestic violence shelter.
Through the Victims Assistance Program, victims and their families can receive assistance in obtaining emergency food, shelter, clothing, and medical help as needed.
Criminal Justice Information and Advocacy
Perhaps the greatest difficulty for many crime victims, in the midst of a traumatic experience, is trying to understand and prepare for involvement in the criminal justice system. Through the Victims Assistance Program, victims receive information on the process and procedures of the criminal justice system. Victims and their families will receive ongoing information on the status of court cases. Advocates provide information and assistance with the preparation of compensation claims. Crime victims can request that a victim advocate accompany them in the courtroom or attend in their place.
If you feel that you or someone you know has been a victim of a crime, please feel free to contact our office using the information below.
1114 East Second Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512
P: (419) 782-0911
F: (419) 782-7295