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CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION:

If you suffered a financial loss as the result of a crime, you may qualify for Criminal Injuries Compensation. The Tennessee Department of Treasury’s Criminal Injuries Compensation can help victims reimburse the cost of medical expenses, lost wages and other unforeseen costs. To learn more and to apply, click here.

PROTECTING YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY:

If you are the victim of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking or any sexual offense, you may qualify for the Tennessee Department of State’s Safe at Home Program. This program is designed to help victims keep their primary residential address confidential by providing a “substitute” address they can use for all government and school forms.
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KEEPING TRACK OF THE DEFENDANT IN YOUR CASE:

If the defendant in your case is being held at a local or county jail (this is primarily for pre-trial defendants), you need to register for the Tennessee Sheriffs Association’s SAVIN program. In some districts, this program is still referred to by its previous name – VINE. Once registered, you will be notified if the defendant in your case is released, is transferred or experiences any similar change in holding status: click here.

If the defendant in your case has been convicted and is incarcerated in a Tennessee state prison, you need to register for the Tennessee Department of Correction's (DOC) victim notification program. Like SAVIN, this program will notify you if the defendant in your case is released on to parole, is transferred or experiences any similar change in holding status: click here.

If you would like to simply look up the status of the defendant, we encourage you to utilize the DOC’s Felony Offender Information Lookup (FOIL) program. This program is for current status checks only. Unlike SAVIN and the DOC’s victim notification program, the FOIL program does not provide notifications when a defendant’s status or location changes: click here.

All of these programs require you to enter information about the defendant including their full name, date of birth and their TOMIS #. If you do not have this information, have any questions on how to complete and submit the notification request, or are unsure of the status of the defendant in your case, contact your local District Attorney’s Office.

It is vital that you keep your contact information up to date to continue to receive notifications from these programs. If you have any change in address, phone number or in your legal name (such as getting married), please notify your local District Attorney’s Office so they can update your information.

POST-TRIAL APPEALS NOTIFICATION:

If you would like to be notified in the event that the defendant in your case files for an appeal and/or of any stages in the appellate case process, please register with the Office of the Attorney General – Registration.

REPORTING CRIME:

Tennessee Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-356-6767

Tennessee Child Abuse Hotline: 1-877-237-0004

Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-855-558-6484

Reporting Elder Abuse: https://reportadultabuse.dhs.tn.gov/

As always, in the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

ANONYMOUSLY REPORTING CRIME:

To anonymously report suspicious behavior, criminal activity or other safety concerns in your community, we recommend the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s SafeTN app. SafeTN is free to download and available in the App Store and Google Play. To learn more, please visit this website.

RESOURCES FOR CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES

Child Advocacy Centers are vital to the investigation, reporting and prosecution of child abuse in Tennessee. Tennessee’s 46 Child Advocacy Centers across the state offer therapy and other services to children and families who have experienced severe child abuse. Advocates help families find resources when struggling with housing issues, financial transitions, domestic violence, and other barriers.
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