Franklin County State's Attorney Victim Services

The Franklin County State's Attorney Victim Services program began in December 2000. The focus of this program is directed toward the unique needs of each victim of a violent crime in Franklin County.

The program responds to the victims of crime regarding the emotional, physical and financial aftermath of victimization, by providing victims with information and social service referrals. Attempting to make sense out of the criminal process may seem impossible to comprehend and being a victim of crime can be emotionally overwhelming. The main purpose of this program is to help alleviate the trauma to victims and witnesses by addressing their concerns and thus decreasing anxiety affiliated with the criminal justice system. Positive steps are taken to protect the rights and dignity of the victim. Some of the areas in which the advocacy program can impact victims are: empowering victims of crime through educating them on the process; being available to explain court procedures, terminology, and court dates; answering questions during court appearances, preparing for trial and sentencing hearings; assisting with preparation of victim impact statements; answering questions regarding restitution; helping crime victims with crime victim compensation applications, and making appropriate referrals for counseling and other supporting agencies. Victims are encouraged to take advantage of these services.

Victim Services

What to do if you have been a victim of a crime.

Victim Bill of Rights

Automatic Victim Notification System

Financial Assistance for Victims and Families

Crime Victim Compensation Information

Frequently Asked Questions 

Victim Resource Information and Links

Illinois Attorney General’s Office    


Automated Victim Notification System   

State of Illinois Prisoner Review Board   

The National Center for Victims of Crime   

Illinois Department of Corrections Victim Services