The Isle of Palms Victim Advocate Office is unique in the fact that the advocate is also a certified law enforcement officer. Most victim advocates do no have a certified officer serving in this capacity. It has proved to be a valuable asset to the victim advocate office in having experience as law enforcement officer.
The Isle of Palm's Victim Advocate office provides immediate crisis intervention to victim's of violent crimes as well as other's who are going through traumatic situations.
The victim advocate deals with all types of victim's ranging from domestic violence, identity theft, fraud and many others. The victim advocate also deals with non criminal matters such as suicides and missing children. The victim advocate is on call and available to victims twenty-four hours a day.
The Isle of Palms Victim Advocate sends a letter to each victim of crime offering assistance to the victim if they need assistance. The letter also contains information about the court date they are involved in which a suspect was arrested.
The victim advocate office strives to accommodate each and every victim in accordance with the Victim's Bill of Rights. Victims and witnesses of crime are afforded the following rights under South Carolina Law, Section 16-3-1530:
- A right to be treated with dignity and compassion
- A right to protection from intimidation and harm
- A right to be informed concerning the Criminal Justice Process.
- A right to preservation of property and employment.
- A right to Due Process in Criminal Court Proceedings.
- Special Recognition for the very young, the elderly, the handicapped and others with special needs.
|Isle of Palms Police Dept
|Charleston County Sheriff's Office
|Charleston County Health Dept
|Charleston County Solicitor's Office
|People Against Rape
|My Sister's House
|Charleston County Family Court
|Low Country Women in Crisis
|Low Country Children's Center
|Suicide Support Group