Victim Services

If this is an emergency and you need immediate assistance, please call 911.

The Boise Police Department Victim-Witness Program was developed in 1990 in response to a need for crisis intervention and support services for victims, witnesses and survivors of violent crimes. 

The coordinators in this unit rotate being on-call, responding to crime scenes, the hospitals or other locations when requested, providing crisis intervention and stabilization on a 24-hours per day, 7 days per week basis. They work directly with patrol officers and the detectives to assist with victims, so crimes can be more easily investigated.

Victim-Witness Coordinators help with crisis intervention while on scene, support during the investigative process, and help victims navigate the court process and criminal justice system. In addition, victim witness provides resources and referrals, counseling connections, and assistance with crime victims compensation, restitution, safety planning, VINE registration and protection orders.

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  • To increase the commitment of state and local government to assist crime victims.
  • To increase the range and availability of services for crime victims.
  • To expand the victim's opportunity to participate in critical stages of the criminal justice process and ensure consideration of the impact of the crime upon the victim in all major criminal justice decisions.
  • To increase coordination and networking of appropriate agencies, organizations and groups providing services to crime victims in order to develop an integrated community system of victim assistance.

Crime Victims' Rights

This law provides that crime victims shall be:

  • Treated Fairly - Treated with fairness, respect, dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.
  • Involved in Court - Allowed to attend all court proceedings in the case.
  • Considered Concerning Timeliness - Entitled to a timely disposition of the case.
  • Notified - given prior notice of trial, appellate and parole proceedings and provided upon request, information about the sentence, incarceration or release of the defendant.
  • Heard - Heard, upon request, by a court that is considering a plea of guilty, at sentencing, incarceration or release of the defendant.
  • Involved in Plea Agreements - Afforded the opportunity to communicate with the prosecution in criminal or juvenile offenses, and be advised of any proposed plea agreement before it has been made.
  • Not Harassed - Allowed to refuse an interview, contact or other request by the defendant or any other person acting on his/her behalf-unless such contact is mandated by the court.
  • Involved in Sentencing - Consulted by the pre-sentence investigator during the preparation of the pre-sentence report and have included in this pre-sentence report a victim impact statement. Allowed to read pre-sentence report relating to the crime.
  • Property Returned - Assured the speedy return by law enforcement agencies of any stolen or other personal property when no longer needed as evidence.
  • Notified of Defendant Release - Notified whenever the defendant or suspect is released or escapes custody.

Additional Resources

Ada County Victim Services Center

The Ada County Victim Services Center has a specialized, multi-disciplinary team who provides wrap around services to stabilize and support victims of violence and their families.

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MOSAIC Threat Assessment System

MOSAIC is an error avoidance method, a computer-assisted method for conducting comprehensive assessments - in the same way that diagnosis is a method used by a doctor.

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Women's and Children's Alliance

To foster a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships.

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VINE Automated Victim Notification Service

VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. 

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Idaho Hope Card

The Idaho Hope Card Program allows anyone with a valid, long-term (12 months or more) order of protection to request a card that summarizes the order's most important details.

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Ada County Prosecutor

The Prosecutor’s Office Victim Assistance page has legal information and community resource connections for victims of domestic violence and other crimes.

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