The goal of the CV Liaison is to help reduce the impact of crime on the victim and also help reduce the likelihood of continuing victimization. Nelda Harles, the Dickinson Crime Victim Liaison will help victims locate all available services to help restore their quality of life and live peacefully.
The Crime Victim Liaison is responsible to protect the rights of and provide services to the victim and survivors of violent crimes that create hardships. The Crime Victim Liaison will intervene on behalf of the victim to prevent the consequences of crime.
The Crime Victim Liaison will explain the victim’s right as defined in our Texas Constitution and in Article 56 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. They will assist the victims in completing the appropriate paperwork to apply for benefits from the Texas Crime Victims Compensation Fund. This fund is administered by the Texas Attorney General’s office.
Finding Resolution with Assistance
The Dickinson Police Department Crime Victim Liaison will assist victims needing resolution to problems resulting from crime through telephone contact or office or home visits. They can act as a liaison between the victim and the case detectives, obtaining information concerning the status of their case. If requested the CVL will accompany the victim through the criminal justice system.
Alleviating Psychological & Emotional Trauma
Victims of violent crimes are sometimes faced with financial difficulties and a confusing court system. Sometimes this even causes emotional problems. The Dickinson CVL can assist crime victims through these trying times. They will refer victims to community resources that can help them deal with the aftermath when needed.