Victim Assistance Program
The Victim Assistance Program has been in existence since 1995. It is supported by VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) federal grant funds, in-kind and cash match by the City of Beatrice and Gage County. The daily operation of duties of the Victim Assistance Coordinator include but are not limited to direct contact either face to face or phone contact with victims, assistance with protection orders, criminal justice advocacy, follow up contact, etc. The Victim Assistance Coordinator is also responsible for coordination with partnering agencies, grant writing and quarterly reporting of financial and statistical reports required for VOCA funding.
The Victim Assistance Program was awarded additional funding from the Nebraska Crime Commission to hire 2-part time advocates in November 2015 through September 2016. We were awarded funding to hire 1 full time advocate beginning October 1, 2016. The full-time advocate began working with the program on December 1, 2016. The full-time advocate is an assistant to the Victim Assistance Coordinator and is responsible for daily operations of the program to include direct contact either face to face or phone contact with crime victims, assistance with protection orders, criminal justice advocacy, follow up contact, and enters statistical data.
The Gage County Victim Assistance Program is available 24/7 to assist crime victims if called upon by the shift supervisor. ·
This program provides services to all victims of crime in Gage County. Some of the services provided are listed below:
- Crisis Intervention
- Personal Advocacy
- Compensation Assistance
- VINE Information/Registration
- Parole Information
- Victim Impact Statements
- Property Release
- Protection Order Assistance
- Restitution Information/Assistance
- Criminal Justice Advocacy
- 911 Cellular Phones