The Victim Services Department informs all crime victims of their rights and available services. They provide comprehensive services to educate, empower, and advocate for crime victims.

Tracey Trefren Program Coordinator

Nataly Espinoza Victim Advocate

Adam Galadima Victim Advocate


Main Office
185 South Willow Street (corner of Simpson and Willow, upstairs from the former Learning Center)
Jackson WY, 83001
Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or by appointment

Mailing Address
Victim Services
PO Box 1687
Jackson, WY 83001

Phone: (307) 732-8482
Fax: (307) 734-1087
Email: VictimServices@jacksonholepolice.com
An on-call advocate is available 24/7 though Teton County Dispatch Center: (307) 733-2331

Surveys

VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday)

SAVIN or VINE the "Victim Information Notification Everyday" program that is designed to allow victims, witnesses, or other parties to receive notification of the offender's release or movement from jail if arrested as well as notification for DOC in regards to parole, release, movement to an honor farm, death, etc.  

Victims can register to have the notifications sent to a telephone (cells, home, work, etc. and as many numbers as they want to use) as well as email notification at www.vinelink.com.

Available Services

Crisis Intervention and Follow Up Contact: We provide support and reassurance to assist with the emotional trauma of a crime.
Emergency Assistance: We meet a victim’s immediate needs by providing food, clothing, and shelter.
Security Repairs: We replace locks, windows, and other necessities to prevent immediate reburglarization of a victim’s home.
Criminal Justice System Information and Support: We explain the criminal justice system, provide case information, explain victim rights, and accompany victims to court.
Impact Statements: We ensure that the Court receives input as to the impact the crime has had upon the victim.
Restitution: We assist in obtaining court ordered restitution from convicted offenders.
Referral Counseling: We guide victims to other appropriate community resources for assistance.
Advocacy: We act on the victim’s behalf to secure their rights in the Criminal Justice System.
Crime Victim Compensation: We assist with application forms to receive compensation from Wyoming Crime Victim Compensation Commission.
Other Forms of Compensation: We assist in securing insurance benefits, witness fees, etc.
Other Assistance and Services as Needed: We provide child-care, transportation, employer intervention, creditor intervention, etc.

Wyoming Crime Victim Bill of Rights

The Teton County Victim Services Program is funded by contributions from the Town of Jackson, Teton County, Victims of Crime Act administered by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime, and surcharge funds collected through the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office Division of Victim Services. Local contributions or donations are used to provide emergency assistance to victims of violent crime.

Helping Victims of Crime in the Legal System Procedure

The victim services office is a branch of Jackson, Wyoming Police Department that offers a wide range of assistance to people who are victims of a reported crime. We seek to empower the victim and help alleviate the damage caused when a crime is committed against them through the resources and services available when the victim is cooperative with law enforcement.

It is important to note that, when a crime is reported, it is the state of Wyoming that files charges against the defendant through the Teton County Attorney’s Office. Therefore, victims cannot drop, change, or modify the charges of which the defendant is being accused. But through our office victims can voice their opinions, questions, and concerns about the case directly with the prosecuting attorney.

When a violent crime is reported to law enforcement our office will attempt to contact the victim(s) within 24 hours or the next business day.  Such crimes include, but are not limited to, domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. In these particular cases, our advocates will help the victim through the legal process from beginning to end. If an arrest is made by law enforcement, we will immediately notify the victim and advise him or her of the defendant’s initial court appearance date as well as what to expect from the judge’s ruling. Also, we make sure that victims are aware of vinelink.com; a website where anyone can register and access information about the current status of an inmate. In almost all of these cases mentioned above, the judge will order a “no contact order”.  The no contact order is in place for the duration of the case unless the victim and defendant request it to be lifted.  If the victim is not in favor of the “no contact order,” our office will conduct a lethality assessment with the victim to determine that no immediate and present danger exists and write a letter to the judge advocating on the victims behalf for the no contact order to be lifted. On the other hand, if the victim is in support of the “no contact order” and also would also like to file a protection order against the defendant, our office will assist the victim in doing so. The protection order may be valid for up to a year, but our office often assists victims to file for an extension when the order expires. At every step of the court procedure, a victim advocate will keep the victim informed and updated on rulings in the case.

If an individual has been a victim of a violent crime and is in need of assistance with medical bills, counseling, lost wages, or property taken as evidence as a direct result of the incident our office can assist the victim in completing Crime Victim’s Compensation application with the state of Wyoming.   Finally, as advocates, our goal is to show support and be resourceful for victims of crime who otherwise may feel lost in this process. By doing this, our goal is to provide a wide array of resources so that a victim will leave the criminal justice system with a sense of empowerment.

 

 

Ayudando a Victimas de Crimen en el Proceso del Sistema Legal

La oficina de servicios para víctimas es parte del Departamento de Policía de Jackson, Wyoming; la cual ofrece amplia asistencia a gente que es víctima de un crimen reportado. Buscamos apoderar a la víctima y ayudar a aliviar el daño causado cuando un crimen ha sido cometido en su contra por medio de recursos y servicios disponibles cuando una víctima coopera con el Departamento de Policía.

Es importante mencionar que cuando un crimen es reportado, es el estado de Wyoming quien presenta cargos en contra del acusado por medio de la Oficina de Abogados del Condado de Teton. Por lo tanto, las víctimas no pueden retirar, cambiar, o modificar los cargos por los cuales el demandado está siendo acusado. Pero por medio de nuestra oficina las víctimas pueden expresar su opinión, preguntas, y dudas acerca del caso directamente con el abogado fiscal.

Cuando un crimen violento es reportado al Departamento de Policía nuestra oficina intentará contactar a la(s) victima(s) dentro de 24 horas o al día siguiente de horario de trabajo. Dichos crímenes incluyen, pero no están limitados a, violencia doméstica, acoso, y abuso sexual. En estos casos en particular, nuestros intercesores ayudan a la víctima en el proceso legal de principio a fin. Si ha habido un arresto por el Departamento de Policía, se le notificará a la víctima inmediatamente y avisará  la fecha de la audiencia inicial del acusado al igual que sobre que esperar de  lo que dicte el juez. También, nos aseguramos que las víctimas se enteren de vinelink.com; un sitio en internet donde cualquiera puede registrarse y acceder información acerca del status vigente de un detenido. En casi todo los casos ya mencionados, el juez ordenará una “orden de no contacto”. La orden de no contacto es puesta en efecto durante el tiempo en que el caso está siendo procesado al menos que la víctima y el acusado soliciten que sea retirada. Si la víctima no está a favor de la “orden de no contacto”, nuestra oficina realizara una evaluación letal con la víctima para determinar que no exista peligro  inminente presente y escribir una carta al juez abogando por la víctima para que la orden de no contacto sea retirada. De otra manera, si la víctima está de acuerdo con la “orden de no contacto” y  también le gustaría presentar una orden de protección en contra del acusado, nuestra oficina asistirá a la víctima en hacerlo. La orden de protección es válida por un año, pero nuestra oficina frecuentemente ayuda a víctimas a solicitar una extensión cuando la orden expira. Y en cada paso del proceso tribunal un intercesor de mantendrá a la víctima informada y actualizada en los dictámenes del  caso.

Si un individuo ha sido víctima de un crimen violento y necesita ayuda con facturas médicas, consejería, salario perdido, o su propiedad  fue tomada como evidencia como resultado del incidente nuestra oficina puede asistir a la víctima en llenar una aplicación de Compensación para Victimas de Crimen con el estado de Wyoming. Finalmente, como intercesores, nuestra meta es mostrar apoyo y ser de utilidad para las víctimas de crimen que de otra manera puedan sentirse perdidas en el proceso. Al hacer esto, nuestro propósito es proveer una amplia variedad de recursos para que la víctima salga del sistema de justicia criminal con un sentido de apoderamiento mismo. 

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