Crime Victim Information
The information contained in this sheet is intended to help crime victims
with resource and referral information. In 1992, Delaware enacted legislation
called the "Victims' Bill of Rights". This law mandates
that crime victims be informed about the criminal justice process, and
it also extends notification and participation rights to them. The law
specifies that certain information must be given to victim either orally
or in writing. For more information on your rights as a crime victim,
please contact the police department's victim service unit that is handling
your case. (Telephone numbers are listed at the bottom of this page.)
After filing for a warrant in the Justice of the Peace Court, a judge
will review the information to determine if there is sufficient probable
cause to sign a warrant. When a warrant is signed the next step is that
the suspect will be arrested but, this may take some time. CREATE AN
EMERGENCY SAFETY PLAN FOR YOURSELF. You may contact the police department's
victim services unit for help with creating a safety plan.
Upon arrest the suspect will have the opportunity to make bail. There
is no guarantee that the suspect will remain in jail. YOU MUST HAVE
A PLAN FOR YOUR SAFETY. You can call the following prisons to see
if the suspect is still in custody; Gander Hill Prison 302-429-7759, Baylor
Women's Correctional Institution 302-577-3004, Delaware Correctional Center
302-653-9261, Sussex Correctional 302-856-5280.
A court date will be scheduled to hear the case. It is important that
you show up for trial. It is also important that you let the court know
if you change your address or phone number, you can call the appropriate
court to change your information. You should also contact the Department
of Justice at 800-870-1790 to make an address change. Failure to do so
will result in you not being properly notified of the hearing.
In some domestic violence situations there can be a Protection From
Abuse Order (PFA) issued. For information on how to file one call
the Victims Advocacy Program in your county at: New Castle Co 255-0420,
Kent Co. 739-6552, and Sussex Co. 856-5843.
The Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP) can sometimes cover victim's expenses such as: medical/mental
health bills, lost wages, security deposits, transitional housing, childcare
costs and funeral expenses. You may be eligible for compensation if you
are the innocent victim of a violent crime. The Board cannot cover stolen
or damaged property or money. For more information on how this may be
helpful to you, contact the victim services unit within the police department
that handled your case.
You must be an active part of this process. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION PLEASE
ASK IT. The court clerks cannot give legal advice and therefore may not
be able to answer your question. Each police department has access to
a victim services worker. Please use the below listing to access information,
resources and referrals for assistance.
|Delaware Victim Center (24hrs.)
|New Castle County Police
||302-576-3622/576-3648 (Domestic Violence)
|Dover Air Force Base
IF YOU ARE THREATENED, HARRASSED, OR THERE ARE CONTINUING PROBLEMS,