The Victim Services Unit personnel serve crime victims, their families and communities who have experienced the trauma of victimization by providing crisis intervention, providing resource and referral information, assistance in applying for Crime Victims' Compensation and protective orders, accompaniment through the criminal justice system, advocacy and counseling. Additionally unit personnel are available to conduct information and education programs about crime victims' rights and victim services to law enforcement, mental health and medical professionals, educational institutions, various community organizations and the community at large in San Marcos.
Volunteers Sought for Crisis Response Team
The San Marcos Police Department Victims Services program is looking for a few good volunteers to serve on a Crisis Response Team to aid victims of disaster, trauma and violent crime.
The fundamental role of a Crisis Response Team member is to be there for the victims.
The team member may just need to listen, help them find resources, or serve as an advocate in the justice system.
People You'll Help
Volunteers will be called upon to support victims of major crimes in San Marcos, including survivors of homicide victims, DWI hit and run fatalities, assault, family violence, child abuse, elder abuse, sexual assault, kidnapping, other crimes, traumatic events and disasters.
Team members will provide referrals and information about community resources, legal options, the criminal justice process, victims' rights and compensation. Sometimes they will accompany victims to court or provide transportation to shelter or other safe location.
The volunteers will work under the supervision of the Police Department and must maintain strict confidentiality in their service.
Volunteers will learn about the history of the program, policies and procedures, sexual assault, family violence, the criminal justice system, legal advocacy, and communications.
Candidates for the team must be at least 18 years old. They must fill out an application form and a notarized waiver for release of information, at which point a police background check will be performed.
Applicants will be screened at an interview with Williamson and a 2nd interview with a panel before final participants are selected.
Applications are available at the San Marcos Police Department. For more information about the program, contact Williamson at the SMPD Victims Services Office at 512-753-2106 or email Roya Williamson.
Resources Available for Crime Victims
The Crime Victims' Compensation Program, managed by the Office of the Attorney General, helps crime victims and their immediate families with financial costs associated with crimes. Individuals can be compensated for eligible costs including counseling, medical treatment, funerals, and loss of income.
For more information about the Crime Victims' Compensation Program visit the Office of the Attorney General - Crime Victims. For assistance in submitting an application, please contact SMPD Victim Services.