Below are links to statewide and local services to support victims of crimes in the State of Iowa and Madison County.
General Victim Services Information
VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a free and anonymous service through which victims of crime can search for information regarding their offender’s custody status and can receive telephone and e-mail notification when offender’s custody status changes.
Crime Victim Compensation
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Crime Victim Compensation Program may be able to help. The program helps victims with certain out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries from violent crime such as medical care, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses.
Iowa Sex Offender Registry
The Iowa Sex Offender Registry gives members of the public a means to protect themselves from individuals who have committed an offense that requires registration on the Sex Offender Registry.
Local Services (Madison County)
CRISP is the official Madison County Prevent Child Abuse Council and is focused on improving access to information about preventing child abuse and starting a community wide Prevent Child Abuse initiative.
Madison County Cares
Madison County Cares is a collaboration of more than 50 local agencies and organizations to connect Madison County Residents with specific resources to address the problems and challenges they are facing in their lives. These organizations address Basic Needs; Counseling and Mental Health Services; Crisis Services; Employment and Unemployment Services; Food and Clothing; Housing, Shelter, Utilities; Legal Assistance; Libraries; Mediation; Parenting; Shelters; Transportation; Healthcare; Preschool and Daycare; and Education.
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
The Iowa Protective Order Notification for Domestic Abuse Program (IPONDA) is a free and confidential telephone, internet, and email service that provides victims of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and sexual assault access to timely and reliable information about the service status of their protective order or no-contact order.
Sexual Assault Examination Payment Program
Because of emotional and physical trauma, sexual assault victims often have difficulty deciding whether or not to report the crime to law enforcement within this time frame. The State of Iowa pays for the sexual assault examination regardless of whether the victim reports the crime to law enforcement. Hospitals, physicians and other medical providers who collect and process evidence of sexual abuse submit bills directly to the Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program.
Sexual Abuse Hotline
Sexual Abuse Hotline: 1.800.284.7821
The Rape Victim Advocacy Program in Iowa City hosts the Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline. Trained advocates provide immediate support by helping callers process events, understand their options, create a safety plan and/or obtain referrals and information.
Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is a state level nonprofit organization that has proven its capacity as a state and national resource in responding to the needs of battered women, men and children.
IowaCASA has 25 member sexual assault crisis centers serving survivors of sexual assault throughout Iowa. Staff members work on several initiatives including: technical assistance to member centers; training and certification to all sexual assault and shelter advocates in the state.