Legal Services for Victim Meeting-March 3, 2017

The Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services is exploring ways to establish wraparound legal networks throughout Wisconsin to help ensure that crime victims’ rights are enforced and that they receive the broad range of legal services needed to help rebuild their lives in the aftermath of crime.

We are convening a series of meetings to design a blueprint for a statewide legal service network for victims of crime. This initiative will build upon the existing framework of legal services in the state and complement existing legal service grant programs.

THE FIRST STEP is a Readiness Assessment, to get a clear picture of what services and networks we can build upon.  We have hired a consultant, Betsy Swenson, to develop and facilitate this planning process.  At this meeting we will learn about initiatives that are working in other states and the resources we can mobilize to develop a network to support crime victims in Wisconsin.


Please RSVP and complete the Legal Service Inventory survey below and email your answers to:

BEFORE February 24, 2017.

It is important that you forward this information to Betsy prior to the meeting so she can compile it and use it to frame our discussion on March 3, 2017. 



Please complete and email to: by FEBRUARY 24, 2017. Thanks!

Name of Organization:

Counties Served:


Please indicate which of the following services you currently provide:

Criminal proceedings:

  • Protection of crime victim privacy
  • Advice on court ordered restitution, insurance claims and civil suits
  • ADA accommodations
  • Legal advocacy for victims with mental health diagnosis
  • Representation in depositions
  • Disability benefits when disability was caused by victimization
  • Children as witnesses
  • Enforcement of Victims’ Rights
  • Return of property taken as evidence
  • Advocacy to protect victims’ safety, privacy or other interests as a victim
  • Other:

Family Law:

  • Child custody, visitation and support
  • Parentage
  • Guardianship
  • Other:


  • Obtaining and enforcing protection orders
  • Actions taken on behalf of exploited or abused elder/vulnerable adults
  • Other:


  • Eviction when crime-related
  • Denial of housing benefits and housing opportunities due to victim status
  • Other:


  • Loss of employment opportunities due to identity theft issues
  • Loss of employment due to victimization
  • Consumer issues (incurring debt incurred by the victim’s abuser)
  • Financial exploitation
  • Public Benefits (only when directly related to criminal victimization)
  • Fair Labor Standards
  • Other:


  • T-and U-Visas
  • Deportation actions
  • Asylum
  • Removal defense
  • Other:

Campus Sexual Assault:

  • Representation of victims during campus administrative proceedings

Other Services Provided:

Updated: February 17, 2017 — 10:13 AM