The Dakota County Victim Assistance Program was established in 1989 to inform and advocate for victims of crime in Dakota County. The program provides free and confidential services to crime victims who have suffered physical, sexual, financial, or emotional trauma as a result of the crime. The program offers information, advocacy, prevention, support, and assistance to violent and property crime victims.
A variety of services are offered, these include but are not limited to:
Education/advocacy about the criminal justice system & court procedure
Provide information on law enforcement & making police reports
Provide referrals to other community agencies
Assist in filing crime compensation forms
Provide information on safety planning
Provide information on protection orders
Assist with victim impact statements for the Court
Provide information and assistance with VINE (Victim Information & Notification Everyday) of Nebraska.
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After a crime occurs, reaction to the trauma varies from person to person. This can include being fearful or scared, shock or numbness, anger, denial, disbelief, or anxious. Most of the time people are uncertain as to how to go about resuming their lives. You may not know what to do next or whom to ask for help. This is where the Dakota County Victim Assistance Program can help you navigate through this difficult and challenging time.
The program consists of one full-time Coordinator and part-time interns from local colleges. The office is located in the City-County Law Enforcement Center, 701 W. 29thStreet, South Sioux City, NE 68776. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. We can be reached at 402.494.7550 or firstname.lastname@example.org