Victims Advocate

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Laurens County Victim Advocates Office

Balancing The Scales Of Justice, One Victim At A Time.

Our office was established to assist victims of crime. As a victim, you have constitutional mandated rights. After hours an advocate is dispatched through Law Enforcement, if needed. 

laurensvictims@laurensvictims.com

Our Mission Statement

To serve the crime victims of Laurens County with dignity and fairness. We strive to ensure they are provided with the means to recover from their victimization during the court process and thereafter.

You have the right to:

  • Be treated with fairness, respect and dignity;
  • Be free from intimidation or harm throughout the criminal and juvenile justice process;
  • Be informed about victims’ rights;
  • Be reasonably informed about criminal proceedings;
  • Be informed if the accused is arrested, released, or escapes;
  • Confer with the prosecution before the case is heard in court;
  • Be present at criminal proceedings where the accused has the right to be present;
  • Be heard at proceedings affecting bond, bail, release, pleas or sentencing;
  • Have reasonable access to documents relating to the crime before trial;
  • Receive restitution from the adult or juvenile offenders;
  • A reasonable, prompt and final conclusion of the case

Some of the services we provide but not limited to are:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Referrals
  • Your Rights as a Victim
  • Compensation Applications
  • Victim Impact Statements
  • Explanation of Court Procedures
  • Supportive Individual Counseling
  • Information about Shelters, Restraining Orders and Orders of Protection
  • Knowledge of the Criminal Justice System
  • Accompaniments to Court when needed
  • And many more

Helpful Links for Victims:

Prevention & Reporting of Identity Theft

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

SC Office of Executive Policy & Programs

SC Office of Victim’s Assistance

SC Victim Assistance Network

Laurens County Safe Home for Women

The 8th Circuit Solicitor’s Office

City of Clinton Police

City of Laurens Police

SC Department of Social Services

Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse

SC Department of Mental Health