Services Of Los Alamos County Victim Assistant Described

LAPD NEWS RELEASE

The Los Alamos County Victim Assistant (VA) serves the county of Los Alamos in providing services and support for victims of domestic violence, harassment, child abuse, stalking, and sexual offenses. The VA also acts as a liaison between victims and law enforcement, the district attorney, and any organizations that support victims with various resources that are based on the individual needs and situations.

Most individuals seeking help are victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological. Actions or threats of these actions that invoke fear and suffering in a victim fall under this definition. 

Domestic violence does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, religion, sexual, orientation, or level of education, which is why it is such a big problem. By educating and raising awareness of available services, the Victim Assistant has a positive impact in breaking the cycle of violence for victims.

From February 2020 through October 2021, The Los Alamos Victim Assistant has served 168 victims by offering the following types of services:  

  • Emotional support 
  • Individual safety planning 
  • Aiding in Emergency shelter or relocation 
  • Filing for orders of protection 
  • Domestic violence education 
  • Referrals
  • Arranging transportation 
  • Accompanying victims to law enforcement or district attorney interviews 

These are just some of the many services offered by the Victim Assistant to victims.

Information shared with the Victim Assistant is confidential, and victims are not required to file a police report with law enforcement to receive Victim Assistant services. The Victim Assistant can be contacted Monday through Friday at 505-663-3511.

NEW MEIXCO VICTIMS’ RIGHTS

(1) The right to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy

throughout the criminal justice process.

(2) The right to timely disposition of the case.

(3) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process.

(4) The right to notification of court proceedings.

(5) The right to attend all public court proceedings the accused has the right to attend.

(6) The right to confer with the prosecution.

(7) The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing and at any post-sentencing hearings for the accused.

(8) The right to restitution from the person convicted of the criminal conduct that caused the    victim’s loss or injury.

(9) The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, escape or release of the accused

(10) The right to have the prosecuting attorney notify the victim’s employer, if requested by the victim, of the necessity of the victim’s cooperation and testimony in a court proceeding that victim from may be necessitate the absence of the of victim from work for good cause, and

(11) The right to promptly receive any property belonging to the victim that is being held for evidentiary purposes by a law enforcement agency or the prosecuting attorney, unless there are compelling evidentiary reasons for retention of the victim’s property.