Victim & Witness Services
The Asheville Police Department is committed to providing a caring, supportive and compassionate level of response to individuals who work and reside in Asheville, and to those who visit the city and require law enforcement assistance. Two victim advocates are available within the Victim Services Unit to assist crime victims, witnesses and their families with needed support and guidance.
Crisis intervention and a variety of support services may be provided to assist a person who is recovering from emotional and/or physical injuries that occurred as a result of a crime or traumatic incident. The victim advocates strive to assist crime victims in being and feeling safe. They allow victims the opportunity to share their experience and provide them with the knowledge of what to expect going forward. Referrals may be made regarding counseling, mental health and substance abuse treatment, non-profit legal assistance, financial aid for medical bills, charitable organizations and social services.
Some individuals, such as family members of a homicide victim, victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, the elderly and people with a disability may require specialized attention. The victim advocates reach out to these individuals to assess their needs, connect them with appropriate services, provide case information, guide them through the criminal justice system and assist them in their healing process.
Additional Local Resources:
The Victim Services Unit is located within the Criminal Investigation Division, a unit of the Asheville Police Department. The hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For assistance please contact:
Victim Services Coordinator