OWYHEE COUNTY VICTIM WITNESS PROGRAM

The Owyhee County Sheriff’s Office Victim Witness Coordinator helps victims, witnesses and survivors of serious crimes. The Coordinator provides immediate crisis intervention and serves as an advocate for the victim and witnesses.

Victim Witness Coordinators help victims understand and navigate the criminal justice system, facilitate their participation with the judicial process and accompany victims to court. They feel strongly about preserving the dignity of victims and strive to treat them with compassion and respect as they go through an often emotional or intense situation.

Basic Services Provided by the Owyhee County Victim Witness Coordinator

Crisis intervention

Resource and referral

          Orientation to the criminal justice system, case notification and victim participation

          Assistance with Crime Victim’s Compensation restitution, safety planning, VINE registration,                        protection orders, and referrals to shelters and emergency hotlines.

OUR MISSION
The Owyhee County Victim Witness Program strives to reduce the trauma of a crime by empowering and assisting crime victims, witnesses and significant others in reconstructing their lives through advocacy, support, information and referrals.

YOUR RIGHTS
In Idaho, as a victim of a crime, you are afforded certain rights under the law. The Owyhee County Victim Witness Program is here to ensure that those rights are protected and enforced throughout your time in the criminal justice system.

  • A crime victim, as defined by statute, has the following rights:
  1. To be treated with fairness, respect, dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.
  2. To timely disposition of the case.
  3. To prior notification of trial court, appellate and parole sentence, incarceration and release of the defendant.
  4. To be present at all criminal justice proceedings.
  5. To communicate with the prosecution.
  6. To be heard, upon request, at all criminal justice proceedings considering a plea of guilty, sentencing, incarceration or release of the defendant, unless manifest injustice would result.
  7. To restitution, as provided by law, from the person committing the offense that caused the victim’s loss.
  8. To refuse an interview, ex parte contact, or other request by the defendant, or any other person acting on behalf of the defendant, unless such request is authorized by law.
  9. To read pre-sentence reports relating to the crime.
  10. To the same rights in juvenile proceedings, where the offense is a felony if

VICTIMS COMPENSATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
You may be eligible to receive financial help with expenses directly related to the crime. Victims Compensation is a state program that pays out-of-pocket medical and counseling bills, loss of wages or support, funeral expenses, and cash benefits as a result of crime. Property losses are not covered. All other means of paying these bills (Insurance, HMO, Medical Assistance or Medicare) must be used first. The crime must be reported to the police.

To apply for Victims Compensation, please contact the Owyhee County Victim Witness Coordinator.  For information and application https://crimevictimcomp.idaho.gov/

OFFENDER RELEASE NOTIFICATION
You can register to receive free, automatic, confidential notifications regarding your offender while he/she is under the supervision of county jails, state prisons, or state parole. To learn more and to register, you can go to VINELINK.com or you can contact Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE) by calling 1-866-984-6343. https://www.vinelink.com/#/home

ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY PROGRAM
You may be eligible for enrollment in the ldaho Address Confidentiality Program (ACP). If you move to a new location to escape domestic violence, sexual abuse or stalking, the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) can help keep your new address confidential. This is done through the use of a mail-forwarding service and substitute address. In accordance with Idaho Code ss 19-57, all state and local agencies are required to accept the substitute address as the actual address of the individual.

Upon approval of your ACP application, your first-class mail is sent to the secure ACP substitute address and then forwarded to your new home. You can also use the substitute address for a variety of state and local government requirements, such as:

  • Applying for and receiving child support, Getting an Idaho driver’s license
  • Enrolling your children in public schools
  • Applying for a marriage license

The ACP can help protect you and your loved ones by keeping your physical address private, where it would appear in public records. The ACP is free and it is easy to apply. For more information about ACP, go to https://sos.idaho.gov/ACP/index.html or call (208) 3342852, or contact your Victim Witness Coordinator.

COURT NOTIFICATIONS
If the crime in which you were a victim is being prosecuted by the prosecuting attorney’s office and you would like to be notified as the case moves through the system, please inform your Victim Witness Coordinator.  

CONTACT US:
Owyhee County Sheriff Office
VW Coordinator Colleen Studor
20381 State Highway 78
PO Box 128
Murphy, ID 83650
Office: (208) 495-1 154 Ext. 160
Email: Cstudor@co.owyhee.id.us

Online Victim Resources

Local Resources for Abuse Victims

Family Justice Center (Nampa)

http://facesofhopevictimcenter.org/ (Boise)

https://www.aafvhope.org/ (Caldwell)

Owyhee County Prosecuting Attorney https://owyheecounty.net/departments/prosecutor/
VINE https://www.vinelink.com/#/home
Crime Victims Compensation

https://crimevictimcomp.idaho.gov/

Victim Compensation Application –Financial assistance to pay for medical and counseling costs related to crimes against persons.

Domestic Violence Education/Resources

Idaho Hope Card

Duluth Model

Domestic Violence Trauma Types

Children Living in Homes with Domestic Violence

Violence Continuum

Safety Plan Checklist

Personalized Safety Plan

Attempted Strangulation Brochure

https://www.cityofnampa.us/DocumentCenter/View/8625/Att-Strang-Brochure

Child Abuse Education & Resources

What is sexual abuse

What to do if your child has been sexually abused

Keeping kids safe

Protecting & listening

Myths about child sexual abuse

Idaho Crime Victim Survey

Idaho Crime Victim Survey

Suicide Intervention

crisistextline.org

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

Domestic Violence Resources

Victims of Domestic Violence can obtain help by contacting one of the following service providers:

24-HOUR HOTLINES

  • Caldwell – 459-4779 (Hope’s Door)
  • Nampa – 465-5011 (Valley Crisis Center)
  • Boise – 343-7025 (Women and Children’s Center)
  • Ontario – (541) 889-2000 (Project D.OV.E.)
  • Teen Dating Violence Hotline 1-866-331-9474
  • Statewide – 1-800-669-3176 (Idaho State Domestic Violence Hotline)
  • National – 1-800-799-7233 (National Domestic Violence Hotline)

Domestic Violence Links
Valley Crisis Center 
Hope’s Door 
Family Justice Center 
Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance 
Canyon County Court Assistance Office

Drunk Driving Victim Resources
Mothers Against Drunk Driving  – (800) 680-6233 or (208) 853-3700

Grief Resources/Support Groups
Compassionate Friends 

Counselor List
https://www.canyonco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/CounselorList.pdf

Legal Aid
http://idaholegalaid.org/

 

 

 

SHERIFF CONTACT

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 128
Murphy, ID 83650

Location:
20381 State Highway 78
Murphy, ID 83650

Phone: 208-495-1154

Sheriff Perry Grant

Sheriff Perry Grant

pgrant@co.owyhee.id.us

Chief Deputy Lynn Bowman