Victim Advocacy Program

Wheeling Police Department
Victim Advocacy Program

1500 Chapline Street, Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 234-3600
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MISSION STATEMENT:

To positively impact the quality of life for all crime victims and assists victims/survivors and families by providing crisis intervention, advocacy, and access to resources that reduce the impact of trauma on individuals and their families. The mission of the Victim Advocate Program is to:

  • Provide information and practical support to all crime victims and survivors.
  • Promote safety, healing, integrity, and rights for victims and survivors.
  • Ensure a voice for victims and survivors through the implementation of victim-centered policies and practices.
  • Increase collaboration and communication between community agencies, organizations, and groups that serve victims and survivors in order to develop a comprehensive and seamless response to victim/survivor needs.

OUR SERVICES:

Victims of crime respond to trauma in different ways and have different needs. The Victim Coordinator and the Victim Specialist are here to offer support to crime victims by providing the following services:

  • Liaison between law enforcement and crime victims
  • Criminal justice support
  • Accompaniment to court proceedings and/or medical examinations, as needed
  • Informing victims of their rights
  • Information and referrals to local social service providers
  • Assistance in filing for Crime Victims’ Compensation
  • Other services as needed

COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Children (304) 233-0333
Child Abuse Hotline (800) 352-6513
Harmony House Children’s Advocacy Center (304) 230-2205
Information Helpline (304) 233-6300
Legal Aid of West Virginia – Wheeling Office (304) 232-1260
Ohio County Victim/Witness Assistance (304) 234-3631
Ohio County Prosecuting Attorney (304) 234-3631
Serenity Hills Life Center (Addiction Recovery)    (304) 277-4657
Sexual Assault Help Center      (304) 234-1783
Suicide Prevention (800) 273-8255
WV Dept. of Heath and Human Resources – Ohio County (304) 232-4411
YWCA Family Violence Prevention  (304) 232-2748
National Domestic Violence Hotline                                      (800) 799-7233
National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-4673


VICTIMS RIGHTS AND NEEDS:

In recognition of the rights and needs of victims or witnesses to a crime, the West Virginia Legislature enacted the “Victim Protection Act of 1984” which states the following:
“to enhance and protect the necessary role of crime victims and witnesses in the criminal justice process and to ensure that the state and local governments do all that is possible within the limits of available resources to assist victims and witnesses of crime without infringing the continual rights of the defendant” W.V.a.61-11A-1(b). Enacted in October 2004, The Crime Victims’ Rights Act authorizes program efforts to:

  • Help victims assert and encourage enforcement of victims’ rights
  • Promote compliance with victims’ rights laws
  • Fund grant programs and other activities to implement provisions
  • Provides an enforcement mechanism for rights delineated in the Act

There are certain fundamental rights for crime victims. These include the following:

  • Right to be treated with dignity and respect
  • Right of notification
  • Right to be present
  • Right to be heard
  • Right to be reasonable protection from intimidation and harm
  • Right to restitution
  • Right to information and referral
  • Right to apply for compensation
  • Right to speedy proceedings