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Perry Co., IL sheriff announces renewal of grant to support victims of violent crime

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

Sheriff Steve Bareis of The Perry County Sheriff’s Office announced the renewing of the grant award from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in the amount of $27,500 for the Perry County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crime Victims Assistance Program for FY 2017.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crime Victims Assistance Program:

  • helps to educate victims/witnesses about the legal process
  • offers support to victims/witnesses during the criminal process
  • helps coordinate victims/witness during court proceedings
  • help obtain Pro Se Orders of Protection for victims of violence
  • assist victims with the Illinois Victim Compensation claim and/or restitution
  • make referrals to other agencies, and
  • act as a liaison for victim/witnesses with law enforcement and court system

The Violent Crime Victims Assistance Fund provides funding for crime victim services through fines collected from persons convicted of violent felonies and misdemeanors, not from taxpayers.

Since January 1, 1984, any person in Illinois convicted of a crime of violence, any other felony or misdemeanor, or certain other offenses listed in the Illinois Vehicle Code are assessed a specific fine for this purpose.

The Illinois Attorney General Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA) Program works to develop and improve activities and services that promote recognition of the rights, needs, and interests of crime victims in Illinois, provides victims with access to programs that supply needed information, assistance, and advocacy educates the public about victim services; and ensures that victim service agencies provide quality services.

Any public or private not-for-profit agency may apply to the Attorney General for selection as a Victim/Witness Assistance Center under the law.

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