Victim Advocate

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office - Victim Advocate Line: 678-455-8458

It has always been the policy of the Forsyth County Sheriff' Office for officers to offer assistance to victims of crime when responding to a call, but often times officers have other calls to which they must immediately respond and cannot devote the time that the victim needs. Further, we know from first hand experience that victimization does not end with the mere filing of a report to law enforcement.

History

In 2001, the District Attorney's Office's Victim Assistance assisted one (1) rape victim, though the Sheriff's Office recorded 15 rapes reported throughout the year. The District Attorney's Office's Victim Assistance also helped 247 Domestic Violence victims, though the Sheriff's Office responded to over 1,304 domestic violence calls that same year. Because of this, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office applied for and received a grant under the Victims of Crime Act for an employed victim advocate from the Sheriff's Office to assist victims. This grant went into effect on October 1st, 2001. The grant pays 80% of the cost for this position, and Forsyth County matches 20% of the cost.

How It Works

The victim advocate will act as a first responder to the scene for immediate assistance to victims of homicides, fatality accidents, suicide or attempted suicides, sexual assaults, child abuse, domestic violence, persons shot or stabbed, lost persons/child, or hostage/barricaded gunman. The victim advocate will be on call 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week, and will assist victims with immediate needs such as emergency referrals for food, shelter, clothing, medical care, etc., as well as contacting the victim's family or support system, or transporting victims to a safe haven when necessary. The victim advocate will facilitate crime scene clean-up, and accompany the victim to forensic examinations, line-ups, interviews, and crime scene for review.

As the investigation moves forward, the victim advocate will offer continued emotional support to the victims, assist with return of property to the victim, as well as offer referrals to social service agencies to assist victim with the ongoing problems resulting from crime. The victim advocate will provide the victim with information about how the criminal justice system works and the status of the case. The victim advocate will ensure that the victim is aware of all the rights provided to them under the Georgia Crime Victim's Bill of Rights.

The Office for the Victim Advocate is located at the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office Headquarters - 100 East Courthouse Square, Cumming, GA. Anyone who has been victimized by a crime in Forsyth County, and needs assistance, has someone in place to offer him or her the assistance they need.

For more information, or to contact a Forsyth County Victim Advocate:

Phone:678-455-8458
Email:soVictimAdvocate@forsythco.com

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