Victim/Witness Services

Victim/Witness Services provides information, assistance, and advocacy to victims and their families to strive to enable victims to empower themselves in the healing process

Victim Services works with victims of juvenile crime in a number of ways which include:

  • Assist victims in writing Victim Impact Statements that inform the Court about the victim's psychological, physical or financial loss
  • Refer victims to appropriate agencies for supportive services
  • Inform victims of their ability to file for civil action to recover losses
  • Assist victims in filling out Crime Victims' Compensation claims
  • Notify Victims of their rights, court dates, and disposition of cases
  • Provide a separate waiting area for victims and witnesses for court hearings and accompany victims to court
  • Provide the public with knowledge of the Family Court process (explain hearing procedures, what the victim/witness can expect in court, etc.)
  • Assist victims in recovering their property from police departments
  • Coordinate the Victim-Offender Mediation Program and the Victim Impact Panel Program


Victim Impact Statement

A victim impact statement is a written statement that you can prepare for the court if you have been affected by a crime. Your statement tells the court in your own words about the harm done to you by the crime. It is your chance to have a voice in the criminal justice system. The court will consider your victim impact statement, along with other information, when it sentences the offender.

Victim Loss Statement

State law allows the court to order restitution (repayment for a victim's losses) as part of the sentence of any juvenile who is adjudicated of a crime. If you have losses due to crime (such as repair costs, medical bills, stolen property, etc.) you must provide a Victim Loss Statement with information concerning the losses incurred, including documentation of the amount of your losses.

You must include bills, receipts or estimates for damages under $150.00. Two estimates are needed for damages exceeding $150.00. If there is no original receipt, a printout from the Internet of an identical or similar item is acceptable. Please include only the cost of replacement (not upgrades).

Crime Victims' Compensation

Victim Services also assists victim of violent crime in applying for the Missouri Crime Victims' Compensation Fund. Injured crime victims may be eligible for financial assistance for medical care, lost income, mental health services, funeral expenses, and other out-of pocket expenses directly related to the injury. For questions or program eligibility information call the Crime Victims' Compensation Program toll free at (800) 347-6881 or visit the website listed below.

Crime Victims' Compensation Home Page

Small Claims Court

The small claims court is a division of the circuit court presided over by an Associate Circuit Judge. The small claims court was established to help people handle claims of $3000.00 or less with or without an attorney. The clerks are there to help prepare the proper papers to file a claim and, if you win, to help collect your money.

Small claims proceedings are informal in nature. You must fill out all required forms and present your own evidence in court. There are no jury trials. Your local Clerk of the Associates Division can be contacted for a copy of the Missouri Small Claims Court Handbook. Or, you can pick up a copy of the handbook at the Judicial Courts Facility located at 1010 Boonville, Springfield, Missouri 65802. The phone number is (417) 868-4110.

Small Claims Court Homepage

As a victim of juvenile crime, you do have rights!

According to the Missouri Constitution and Missouri Statutes, victims of crime have certain rights which include notification of court dates and final disposition of the case.

For victims of dangerous felonies which include murder, arson, sexual assault, lst degree assault, lst degree burglary/robbery, kidnapping or the attempt to commit any of these felonies, the following rights shall automatically be afforded. These rights shall be afforded (if requested in writing) to victims of all other crimes and witnesses.

Summary of Victim Rights as pertains to Family Court

  1. To be present at all criminal justice proceedings including juvenile proceedings where the offense would have been a felony if committed by an adult.
  2. To be informed in a timely manner of court dates, continuances and final disposition.
  3. The right to confer with and be informed by the attorney for the Juvenile Officer under Chapter 552 RSMo., or its successors on guilty pleas and all hearings and sentences.
  4. The right to be heard at juvenile hearings unless in the determination of the court the interest of justice requires otherwise.
  5. The right to be provided a secure waiting area during court proceedings.
  6. The right to be informed by the appropriate juvenile authorities or custodial authority of:
    1. Status of any case concerning a crime against a victim.
    2. Availability of Crime Victim Compensation and community emergency crisis intervention services.
    3. Release of a person.
    4. The escape and recapture of a person.
  7. A victim of crime committed by a juvenile may request in writing to the appropriate juvenile authority/Division of Youth Services notification of:
    1. Projected date of release from confinement.
    2. Release on a furlough, work release, electronic monitoring, or to a community correctional facility program in advance of such release.
    3. Any scheduled release hearings, or rescheduling. No hearing shall be conducted without 30 days advance notice.
  8. The right to reasonable protection for victims and witnesses from harm and threats arising out of their cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution.
  9. For victims to be informed on the right of restitution and witness fee for which they are entitled.
  10. When a victim's property is no longer needed for evidence or needs to be retained pending an appeal, the prosecuting attorney or any law enforcement agency having possession of such property shall upon request of the victim be returned within five working days unless the property is contraband or subject to forfeiture proceedings.
  11. The employer may not discharge or discipline any witness, victim, or member of the victim's family for honoring a subpoena or for participating in the preparation of a criminal proceeding.

Agencies for Supportive Services for Victims

Victim Center
Children's Advocacy Center
Crime Victims' Compensation