Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope., April 10-16, 2016

Victims of crime face many challenges in our community each and every day, but National Crime Victims’ Rights Week affords us the opportunity to bring attention to not only the rights victims of crime are entitled to, but also spotlights agencies that are providing services to victims in our community.

Cherokee Family Violence Center (CFVC) has been providing lifesaving services to victims of Intimate Partner Violence for over 30 years. In partnership with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and many other victim service providers throughout Cherokee County, we encourage victims to reach out for assistance; no one should have to navigate the complex and often-overwhelming criminal justice and social services systems, alone.

Victim service providers help victims rebuild their lives. We can help you learn about your legal rights and options, cope with the impact of a crime, access victim compensation, develop a safety plan, and navigate the criminal justice and social service systems.

One in three individuals will experience Intimate Partner Violence during their lifetime. If you or someone you know is being abused, help is available at Cherokee Family Violence Center, 24 hours a day.

Call us anytime at 770-479-1703 or 1-800-33-HAVEN.

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Georgia’s Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights

Crime victims are entitled to rights that include:

  • Notification of legal procedures and of your rights as a victim;
  • Notification of the defendant’s arrest, release from custody, and any court proceeding in which release is considered;
  • Ability to express opinion on the disposition of the defendant’s case;
  • Have a separate waiting area for court proceedings;
  • Notice of the availability of victim compensation and community based victim service programs;
  • Designate a family member to act in your place if you are physically disabled and unable to personally assume your rights under law.

(O.C.G.A. 17-17-1 through 17-17-16)

Victims must provide to the law enforcement agency, prosecuting attorney, and custodial authority (jail, prison or other) a current address and telephone number to be notified of specific actions in a criminal case against the defendant.

Crime Victims’ Compensation Program

The Georgia Crime Victims’ Compensation Program can assist victims of violent crime with medical bills and counseling expenses, lost wages and loss of support, funeral expenses and crime scene cleanup. Victim advocates at most organizations in our area are prepared to assist you or someone you know with an application. The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council may also be able to assist victims with questions by calling 1-800-547-0060. Applications are available online at cjcc.ga.gov.

VINE Notifications

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a service through which victims of crime or other individuals can use the telephone or internet to register and receive telephone and/or email notification when an offender is eligible for release from custody, when there has been a change in their status (for example, if they were transferred to another jail) or if the offender has been released from custody.

There are two ways to register to receive notification about the custody status of an offender via VINELink:

By Web – www.vinelink.com

By Phone – 1-800-501-0367

Registration for VINE is easy and the information is very useful. It allows you to receive up to the minute information about a jailed offender.

NCVRW bookmark

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week every April by promoting victims’ rights, and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, being held April 10th-16th, features the theme—Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.— and presents the opportunity to highlight the importance of providing needed services at the earliest stage of victimization. Early intervention helps prevent both further victimization and involvement in the criminal justice system, thus addressing the cycle of violence and restoring hope for the future. The following resources will offer assistance and information which may prove helpful in addressing common issues for victims of crime.

Domestic Violence Resources

Cherokee Family Violence Center

Main Office 770-479-1804

Legal Office 470-309-2829

Hotline 770-479-1703

Georgia Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-33-HAVEN

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence 404-209-0280

Georgia Commission on Family Violence 404-657-3412

Ahimsa House

Office 404-496-4038

Hotline 404-452-6248

United 4 Safety (for LGBTQ victims) 404-200-5957

 

Sexual Assault Resources

YWCA of Northwest Georgia

Office 770-427-2902

Hotline 770-427-3390

Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA) 404-815-5261

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE

 

Law Enforcement

Cherokee County Emergency Dispatch 911

Cherokee County Non-Emergency Dispatch 770-493-4080

 Acworth Police Department 770-974-1232 

Ball Ground Police Department 678-454-5077

Canton Police Department 770-720-4883

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office

Main 678-493-4200

Criminal Investigation Division 770-928-0239

Oak Grove Precinct 770-529-7302

Bridgemill Precinct 770-479-4766

Hickory Flat Precinct 770-479-4555

Waleska Precinct 770-479-0451

Freehome Precinct 770-844-6777

Warrants and Civil Service 678-493-4251

Holly Springs Police Department 770-345-5537

Nelson Police Department 770-735-2211

Woodstock Police Department 770-592-6030

Cherokee County Marshal’s Office 678-493-6200

Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad (CMANS)

Main 678-493-7625

Anonymous Tip Line 770-345-7920

 

Prosecution

Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office

770-479-1488

Cherokee County Solicitor General’s Office

Main 678-493-6360

Domestic Violence Unit 678-493-6380

Victim Witness Assistance 678-493-6381

 

Children and Youth Services

Anna Crawford Children’s Center 678-504-6388

Cherokee Youth FOCUS 770-345-5483

Child Care Resource and Referral 404-479-4240

Child Protective Services (DFCS) 1-855-GA-CHILD

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) 770-345-2374

Hope Center 770-924-0864

Safe Kids of Cherokee County 678-493-4343

 

Mental Health Services

Highland Rivers Center 770-704-1600

Suicide Lifeline 1-800-784-2433

 

Family Violence Intervention Programs

Ascension Mental Health and Counseling 678-763-5860

Choice Counseling 770-594-5317

FOCUS Counseling and Training, Inc. 770-516-1050

 

Medical Resources

Cherokee County Health Department

Canton 770-345-7371

Woodstock 770-928-0133

Give Back a Smile 1-800-773-4227

Medicaid Transport 1-866-388-9844

Northside Hospital Cherokee 770-720-5100

PeachCare for Kids 1-877-427-3224

Wellstar Kennestone Hospital 770-793-5000

This project is supported by a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.