Providing Peace of Mind for Victims of Crime
Victims of crime need immediate and long-term safety and support in a variety of areas, including emotional, physical, financial, psychological, and legal services. In addition to the victim, a crime impacts their extended network of family and friends, including parents/guardians, relatives, advocates, and support providers.
While coping from the after-effects of a crime, victims are often fearful of re-victimization. Not knowing when their offender could be released from custody can leave them feeling extremely powerless and vulnerable.
To start the healing process, it is critical that victims receive timely access to accurate custody status information. Support doesn’t end with an offender’s incarceration.
VINE® is the nation’s leading automated victim notification service, empowering victims and concerned citizens with offender incarceration information, real-time alerts, and access to relevant victim assistance. VINE is a solution that lets victims of crime and other concerned citizens access timely and reliable information regarding inmates. It is offered free of charge to registrants, is completely confidential, and features multiple language support.
Offering peace of mind, VINE gives victims the option to call a toll-free telephone number, visit www.vinelink.com, or use the VINELink™ mobile app to anonymously check on an inmate’s custody status. Victims can also register to receive automated notifications about changes in status via their choice of format: phone, email, or text. TTY (hearing impaired) service is also available.
VINE provides custody status information to over 25 million people each year. In this video Chief Justice (Retired) Richard Barajas, Executive Director of NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance) tells a powerful story of his brother’s devastating murder, and how VINE gave him a much-needed sense of peace and security.
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There were over 4.2 million registrations, 41.2 million notifications sent and over 87.1 million searches for inmates and service providers on the VINE platform during the past year.
The Enhanced VINE platform leverages cutting-edge technology to give crime victims complete control and the ability to identify and directly connect with relevant service providers. Going beyond notifications, Enhanced VINE* enables a greater degree of information-sharing between public servants, victims, and service providers. Last year Enhanced VINE connected victims of crime to assistance through over 11.4 million searches.
Enhanced VINE Features:
*Enhanced VINE participation varies by state.
VINE Protective Order helps keep victims of crime informed by automatically notifying them when protective orders have been served against a respondent.
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