Victim's Assistance

The Victim Assistance Coordinator ensures that victims’ rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process. The Victim’s Assistance Coordinator works with the District Attorney and the Assistant District Attorneys during the entire criminal justice process to ensure victims are notified about the activity of the case and make sure the victims understand victims’ rights and have input into the process.

SOME DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Keep victims updated on the progress of the case
  • Assist victims with referrals to social service agencies
  • Inform victims of financial assistance and assist in filing for victim compensation claims
  • Inform victims of any plea bargains and specific information pertaining to their case
  • Assist with victim impact statements
  • Assists in the transportation of victims to court
  • Provide courtroom orientation for victims and witnesses
  • Maintain a close working relationship with hospital personnel, law enforcement, and social service agencies
  • Attend Sexual Assault Response Team meetings
  • Attend child advocacy meetings
  • Attend monthly multi-disciplinary task force meetings
  • Assist in training law enforcement on updates regarding victims’ rights and social services available
  • Attend staff meetings and in-service training programs
  • Assist in speaking engagements

Victims’ Support Services

Assistance for Victims of Violent Crimes

District Attorney Office, Victim Assistance Coordinator  –  769-3045
Gulf Coast Women’s Center (Rape Crisis/ Domestic Violence)  –  875-5433  /  435-1968
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

Alexa Roney   –  475-6966
MS State Office   –  1-800-368-6233

Survivors of Homicide Victims  –  228-436-3809  -or-  1-800-800-1396
MS Coalition Against Sexual Assault  –  1-888-987-9011
MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence  –  1-800-898-3234
The Salvation Army
Domestic Violence (Pascagoula)  –  762-8267
Attorney General Victim Services Division  –  1-601-359-4144

Children Services

Child Abuse Prevention Center  –  228-868-8686
South MS Child Advocacy Center  –  228-868-8686
Jackson County Youth Court  –  762-7370  -or-  769-3076

Child Protection

Department of Human Services  –  769-3444  -or-  769-3446
MS Child Abuse Hotline  –  1-800-222-8000

Compensation for Violent Crimes

Crime Victims Compensation, Attorney General Office  –  1-800-829-6766  -or-  1-601-359-6766

Mental Health

Singing River Services (Gautier)  –  497-0690
Lucedale Office  –  1-601-947-4274
Jackson County Chancery Court (Mental/Drug Commitment)  –  769-3030

Elderly Services

Department of Human Services  –  769-3444
Attorney General, Vulnerable Adult Division  –  1-601-359-4250
MS Elderly Abuse Hotline (Statewide)  –  1-800-222-8000
South MS Area Agency on Aging (District)  –  1-800-444-8014

Emergency Food, Clothing, Shelter

The Salvation Army  –  762-7222
The United Way Resource Center  –  762-7662  -or-  762-8557
Our Daily Bread  –  769-7510

Medical Care

Singing River Hospital  –  809-500

(Revised 5/14/07)