To protect the rights and dignity of all victims of violent crime the Tri-Parish Victims Assistance Program has been established to provide support, information and referral enabling the victim/witness to understand and fully participate in the criminal court process. The victim’s welfare is our foremost concern and we will work to assist and encourage him/her as he/she faces overwhelming legal and psychological complexities.
- Moral and emotional support and familiarity with the court system through interviews, assistance with paperwork, and addressing victim concerns.
- Assist victims in determining if they are eligible for and applying for crime victim compensation benefits.
- An advocate is available to escort you into the courtroom and provide emotional support throughout the court process.
- Referral to local community services for financial and emotional support
- Assistance in obtaining information regarding the status of sentenced inmates through the Crime Victim Service Bureau
- An advocate will keep you notified throughout the criminal court process. Written notification will inform you of upcoming court dates. Most criminal court hearings do not require the presence of the victim
The Victim’s Assistance Program of the 23rd Judicial District will work to ensure all victims of crime are treated with dignity, respect and courtesy.
Purpose of the Victim’s Assistance Rights Program:
- Liaison between victims and prosecutors
- To provide services and information available to victims
- Notification of judicial proceedings; right to be present
- Assistance in offering Victim Impact Statements
- Right to seek restitution
Crimes Eligible for Notification
- Any Homicide or Attempted Homicide
- Any Felony defined in R.S. 14.2
- Any Sexual Offense
- Certain Vehicular related offenses
Registration for Notification
You may register for notification by contacting the arresting law enforcement agency or the District Attorney’s Office
Ascension Parish – Wanda Cage (225-644-3333) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
St. James and Assumption Parish – Kayla Lacy (225-562-2434) (email@example.com)
Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAVNS)
Louisiana Crime Victims Reparations