A crime can have multiple impacts on an individual and their family - not only physically - but also emotionally, financially and legally.
Allen Police Department (APD) is dedicated to providing trauma-informed and compassionate services to support crime victims, family members and witnesses in the aftermath of a violent crime.
Our goal is to reduce the short-term and long-term effects related to the traumatic experience of victimization.
The purpose of APD's Victim Advocate is to assist victims of crime through the criminal justice system. Our victim advocacy program provides services to victims of crimes such as assault, family violence, sexual assault, robbery, harassment and others.
The Victim Advocate works closely with victims and their families to provide the following services:
Assistance in applying for and filing Crime Victims’ Compensation (CVC) claims
Assistance obtaining Emergency and Permanent Protective Orders
Criminal justice support and advocacy
Crisis intervention, crisis counseling, and counseling referrals
Information regarding crime victim rights
Referral to appropriate social service agencies
Referral for medical services
Safety planning, including referrals to family violence shelters