The Barton County Attorney's Office has an established Victim Advocate Program for victims of crime in Barton County. The Barton County Attorney's Office Victim Advocate is a full-time, grant-funded position with Federal funds authorized and allocated by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
The Victim Advocate Program treats all victims of crime with compassion and respect as together we walk through the processes of the Criminal Justice System. Victims’ rights to participation in criminal proceedings are ensured by timely notification and appropriate assistance so that they may be safe and protected from intimidation and retaliation. Victims are assisted in obtaining restitution, seeking appropriate Crime Victims Compensation via the Kansas Attorney General's Office, and notice and referral to other services available in the community. (Click Here for Other Service Provider Contact Information)
It is the right of the victim of a crime to be informed about the progress of the case. The Victim Advocate Program notifies victims when charges have been filed in all misdemeanor and felony cases in the adult and juvenile courts. Notification is done with an initial packet that includes a contact letter, Victim Impact Statement and restitution form. Victims are also notified of arraignment hearings, preliminary hearings, trials and sentencing hearings.
For additional information on the Victim Advocate Program, please click here: Victim Services FAQ