District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Services
721 Oxford Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: (715) 839-4795
Monday - Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm
Phone: (715) 839-4795
Phone: (715) 839-6972
Victim/Witness Services is a special unit of the Office of the District Attorney. We provide information, support and advocacy to victims of crime and to witnesses for hearings. We serve all crime victims, witnesses, and family members of adult and juvenile offenders.
We realize being the victim of a crime can be a very difficult time. Victim/Witness Services was established in an effort to assist victims in reducing trauma that is associated with victimization. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for crime victims to express their concerns and receive guidance throughout the court process. Victim/Witness Services believes that every victim is entitled to be treated with sensitivity, dignity and respect. We want to address the effects of crime on victims and witnesses, empowering victims, and upholding victims’ rights. We also act as a referral agency for other services victims may be in need of but are not aware of in Eau Claire County.
Victims of all crimes have the right:
- To be informed of your rights and how to exercise them.
- To contact information to find out if the offender is in custody.
- To notice of a decision not to prosecute if an arrest has been made.
- To speak (confer) with the prosecutor about the possible outcome of the case, potential plea agreements and sentencing options, upon request.
- To attend court proceedings.
- To notice of the time, date and place of upcoming court proceedings, upon request.
- To a waiting area separate from defense witnesses.
- To a speedy disposition of the criminal case.
- To have the court consider your interest before deciding to grant a request for a delay (continuance).
- To notice if charges are dismissed.
- To request help with talking to an employer about court appearances and meetings with the prosecutor (in an attempt to avoid work problems).
- To be contacted about the right to make a statement at the disposition or sentencing (victim impact statement).
- To provide to the court at the time of sentencing, a written and/or oral victim impact statement concerning the economic, physical and psychological effects of the crime.
- To have the impact of the crime on you included in a pre-sentence investigation.
- To sentencing or dispositional information, upon request.
- To restitution.
- To a civil judgment for unpaid restitution.
- To apply for crime victim compensation.
- To have property returned when it is no longer needed as evidence.
- To be notified if a prisoner is released or escapes, upon request.
- To contact the Department of Justice to complain about any concerns you may have about your treatment as a crime victim.
- To request an order for an offender to submit to a test for sexually transmitted diseases or HIV test. The right to request this is limited to offenses where the law allows.
- To receive a complete list of rights or for information or explanation about these rights or any other rights, please contact the Victim/Witness Program or District Attorney.
Witnesses Have the Right:
- To request information from the district attorney about the final outcome of the case.
- To notice that a court proceeding to which a witness has been subpoenaed will not go on as scheduled, in order to save an unnecessary trip to court.
- To receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising from witness cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution efforts, and information as to the level of protection available.
- To information about financial assistance and other social services available as a result of being a witness of a crime, including how to apply for the assistance and services.
- To information on the procedure to be followed in order to apply for and receive any witness fee to which a witness is entitled.
- To be provided a waiting area.
Crime Victim Compensation
The State of Wisconsin, Office of Victim Services has a fund called Crime Victim Compensation that is a resource for crime victims who have no other means to pay for crime related medical expenses, counseling, lost wages, and certain other losses. (Only very limited property damage coverage is considered under this fund.) Information on this fund and application forms can be obtained from your local Victim Witness Assistance Services Program. Please call (715) 839-4795 or 1-800-446-6564 for further information. Applications must be filed within 1 year from the date of the crime and you must meet certain other eligibility criteria in order to receive payment for your loss from this fund.
Who May Be Eligible for Crime Victim Compensation
An innocent victim who suffers injury from a crime as identified by law
A dependent or legal representative of an innocent victim who has been killed as a result of a crime
A person who is injured while aiding a crime victim or helping a police officer
A person who suffers a reaction from the death of a family or household member
A person who is injured in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver
For more information visit www.doj.state.wi.us/ocvs
Other Resources for Assistance:
Bolton Refuge House, Inc.
Domestic abuse services
Emergency shelter-open 24/7
Clerk of Court’s Office
Restraining order applications
721 Oxford Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54703
State Victim Resource Center
Statewide assistance and referral
National Domestic Abuse Hotline
Crisis counseling; resources
Legal resources for low income persons