Victim Information Notification (VINE)

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Victim Information Notification (VINE)

The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office has joined law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and State of Wisconsin in the automated Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) program.  The U.S. Department of Justice designed a statewide (and national) automated system which provides victims and other community members with timely information about the location and custody states of offenders housed in Wisconsin jails.

The automated notification system initiated from a tragic case out of Kentucky.  A victim of a terrible assault failed to receive notification that her assailant had been released from jail custody.  The man stalked the woman and killed her three days after his release.

County Jails

Victims, law enforcement and the public can register for automated notification via WI-VINE by calling toll free, 1-888-944-8463 or online at  You will be able to see the custody status of an offender or defendant and, if they are in custody at the county jail, register to receive automated telephone notification and/or email notification when there is a change in the custody status.  The WI-VINE service is anonymous and confidential.

Department of Corrections

The WI Department of corrections maintains a public website where anyone can search or view the status and location of an offender. 

Please note that the offender's photo will automatically appear on this site.  To search for an offender, click on the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Offender Locator link,


Toll Free:  1-888-944-8463 (1-888-wi-4-vine)


Protection Orders

Wisconsin has three types of civil orders of protection, commonly referred to as restraining orders:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Harassment
  • Vulnerable Adult

How to Register

Petitioners, (persons seeking a restraining order) can register for automated notification of when a temporary restraining order (TRO) has been served or firearms have been surrendered. They can seek this information or register via VPO (VINE Protective Order) by calling toll free at 1-855-948-7648 or on the website

How to Search 

You can search for our restraining order using the 12 digit court case number and the respondent's full name. Make sure you are spelling the name the same way it is spelled in Wisconsin Circuit Court Access.  You will then be able to register to receive notification.

Please note that notification is only generated when TROs are served or firearms are collected by law enforcement and not private process servers or third parties.