The Victim Services Program of the Vermont Department of Corrections
The Victim Services of the Vermont Department of Corrections provides a wide range of services to individual when the offender in their case is in the custody of or being supervised by the Department of Corrections. Services include providing information, support, release planning assistance, support groups, an Apology Letter Bank, the VAN Service (automated notification) a Victim Offender Dialogue Program and a Victim Impact Program. For more information call (888)810-1847.
- Much like the advocates from local law enforcement agencies and/or the State’s Attorney’s Office who provide services to crime victims during the time of arrest and trial, the Department of Correction’s Victim Service Specialists (VSS) in the Victims Services Program are available to support victims during the time the offender in their case is under the supervision of the Department of Corrections, whether incarcerated, on furlough, on parole or on probation.
- WHEN IT COMES TO AN OFFENDER'S STATUS EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO KNOW - The VAN Service is the Department of Correction's free and confidential Victim Notification and Information Service which is available to anyone. To find out the custody or supervision status of an offender or to register for notification call toll free 866-976-8267 (VANS) or register online at www.vinelink.com. For more information contact Victim Services at (888)810-1847
- The Victim Offender Dialogue (VOD) Program is a service provided by the Victim Services Program to victims who are interested in meeting with the offender in their case. Participation in this program is victim-initiated, victim-centered and voluntary on the part of the victim and offender.
- The DUI Victim Impact Panel program is an awareness program for offenders convicted of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Request Forms for Visitation and “No Contact” are available on the website (http://doc.vermont.gov/victim-services). Forms can also be obtained from the Victim Services Program or the offender’s caseworker.
- The Apology Letter Bank is where all apology letters written by offenders to victims are held until the victim requests to see them.
- A quarterly support group open to surviving family members and friends of homicide victims
- Saving a Place at the Table is a victims' awareness exhibit featuring place settings and personal items donated from crime victim survivors and family members. The exhibit is available to community groups and schools. Anyone interested in donating a place setting or scheduling the exhibit should contact Amy Holloway at (888)810-1847 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information about victim's rights, including the right to notification for victims of listed crimes.
- Search the current status and location of an inmate by name.
- The Vermont Department of Public Safety Criminal Justice Services's online Sex Offender Registry.
- Information about the APA rules, policies, and directives of the Vermont Department of Corrections.
- Phone numbers and websites for federal, state, and local community resources, including victim services agencies.