Victim's Assistance

VICTIM’S ADVOCATE

The goal of the Springdale Police Department is to provide law enforcement services that contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all its citizens. Paramount to this effort is the protection of citizens who have been victimized by crime. To this end, the Springdale Police Department employs a Victim's Advocate to ensure the impartial, respectful and prompt delivery of victim services. Provided on this page, you will find some helpful information and links.
Kelly Arrington joined our staff in March of 2014 as our Victim's Advocate and is available and dedicated to serving the citizens of Springdale. If you would like to learn more about Victim Services and what help is available to you, please feel free to contact me 803-796-3160 at or you can email me at karrington@springdalesc.com.
The Victim's Advocate can assist with many types of resources and services. Some of which include:

  • Providing emotional and moral support
  • Providing you with information on your rights as a victim of crime
  • Assistance with providing information on the status of your case
  • Acting as a liaison between crime victims, police officers, investigators and community based agencies
  • Court Accompaniment, transportation to and from court, help prepare victims for court and advocate on behalf of victim in court
  • Arrange for professional counseling and support groups
  • Provide information on Victim's rights, services and procedures
  • Provide applications and information on SOVA (State Office of Victim's Assistance) and assist in completion of forms
  • Participate in community programs and outreach in an effort to further educate and become a more integral part of the community

VICTIM RIGHTS

Under S.C. Law, crime victims have the following rights:

  • To be treated with fairness, dignity, respect and to be free from intimidation, harassment or abuse.
  • To be informed of your Constitutional Rights.
  • To be reasonably informed when the accused or convicted person is arrested, released or has escaped.
  • To be informed of and present at all Criminal Proceedings which are indicative of the charges where the defendant has a right to be present.
  • To be heard at any proceeding involving a post-arrest release decision, a plea or sentencing.
  • To be reasonably protected from the accused or persons acting on his behalf throughout the Criminal Justice System.
  • To confer with the prosecution, after the crime against the victim has been charged, before trial, or before any disposition.
  • To have reasonable access after the conclusion of the Criminal investigation to all documents relating to the crime against the person.
  • To receive prompt and full restitution from the convicted person, or the conduct that caused the victim’s loss or injury including both adult and juvenile offenders.
  • To be informed of any proceeding when any post-conviction is being considered and to be present at any post-conviction hearing involving a post-conviction release decision.
  • To a reasonable disposition and prompt and final conclusion of the case.
  • Additionally, as a crime victim, you may submit a written statement before sentencing. You may also request restitution if you provide full details of financial impact in a timely manner.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

Under S.C. Law, in order to fully exercise your rights as a crime victim, you have certain responsibilities. These are:

  • Provide each agency involved in your case with your current legal name, mailing address and telephone numbers.
  • Notify the appropriate authority if you desire to be present for future hearings.
  • Contact your Victim Advocate if you are harassed or threatened.

CRIME VICTIM'S COMPENSATION FUND

A victim of crime who has suffered physical injury, psychological trauma, or death of a family member may be eligible for compensation benefits if:

  • The crime is reported to the appropriate Law Enforcement Agency within 48 hours.
  • A claim is filed within 180 days of the crime.
  • A victim fully cooperates with all Law Enforcement Agencies and the State Office of Victim’s Assistance.
  • The victim was not engaged in any illegal activity at the time of the crime.

HELPFUL LINKS

South Carolina State Office of Victims Assistance

South Carolina Crime Victims’ Council

South Carolina Victim Assistance Network

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA)

SisterCare

Dickerson Children’s Advocacy Center