What is VSU? (Victim Service Unit)
Helping victims to become survivors.
Victim advocates are professionals trained to provide services to victims of crime. Advocates offer emotional support and guidance, direct service victim information, and assistance finding resources available to them. Advocates also go to court with victims. Victim advocates may also be referred to as victim service providers, victim/witness coordinators, or victim/witness specialists.
The staff in this department has extensive training, education and experience in the dynamics of domestic violence and victim crimes.
The staff participates in various projects and committees to collaborate with law enforcement, judiciary, prosecution and other victim service agencies.
All services provides are free of charge and available those in need.
We take pride in serving victims of crime with respect and dignity while responding to their needs. We educate victims of crime on their rights and commit to providing professional advocacy while empowering the victim.
Assistance we provide to survivors of violent crimes
- Domestic violence and related crimes
- Sexual violence
- Hate crimes
- Gang violence
- Child abuse/neglect
- Elder abuse and exploitation
- DUI causing injury or death
We may be able to provide assistance to other crime victims.
Additional Services we provide:
- Personal advocacy and support
- Crisis Intervention
- Safety Planning
- Immediate basic needs
- Return of property
- Information and referrals
- Assistance in filing for victim compensation
Child support matters are referred to the State of Nevada Child Support Enforcement, located at 300 E. Second Street, Suite 1200, Reno, Nevada 89501. Phone: 775-448-5150 or 448-5155.