Victims of crimes can feel isolated, shocked and unaware of where to turn. There are several local organizations that help a victim take their life back, including assistance with financial challenges, working through court proceedings and utilizing mental health counseling. Below are starting points for crime victims.
Utah Office of Crime Victim Reparations 350 E. 500 South, Suite 200 801-238-2360 This office is the clearinghouse for essential funds, such as medical, mental health, lost earnings and more. If eligible, these funds can have a huge impact, relieve burdens and facilitating the recovery process.
Victim Advocacy Office, Salt Lake City Police Department 801-799-3756 Offering an assortment of support, referral and direct service, the Victim Advocacy Office offers assistance from the first instance of a crime. For victims under duress, an advocate can be a voice of reason. They also help navigate the tricky waters of court documents and police procedures to the deliberation’s end. The SLCPD advocacy office can also refer other crime victim advocates.
Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic 2035 S. 1300 East 801-746-1204 UtahVictimsClinic.org Utah is one of only a few states that provide an attorney and pro bono legal service for victims, representing them in criminal district, justice, juvenile and appellate courts. When a victim’s rights, as directed in the Utah Constitution, Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment (1996), are at stake, the clinic helps to ensure justice is served.
Circle the Wagons Circle-the-Wagons.org Vickie Walker, after her husband’s death and her son being shot during the Trolley Square incident, decided crime victims needed more assistance. She founded the nonprofit Circle the Wagons, which developed a 96-hour Survival Guide (C) that includes checklists and important numbers. They also distribute the token gift of candy in a Can of Comfort (TM), as a simple and kind gesture to those grieving.