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RESOURCES AND SERVICES:
The state of Tennessee offers victims of crime and their loved ones more than a thousand resources across the state in the form of victim witness coordinators, counselors, community service providers, and more. These advocates are equipped to meet a variety of needs including grief counseling, housing issues, financial transitions, etc..
CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION:
PROTECTING YOUR CONFIDENTIALITY:
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:
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.