To enhance the involvement and safety of crime victims in the criminal justice system by providing direct services that lessen the impact of the crime, ensuring that all victims are treated respectfully and fairly, while supporting victim's important role through every step in the criminal justice system.
The Victim Services Center combines three programs to provide comprehensive services to victims in Gallatin County. Located in the Law and Justice Center, the center is a warm, caring environment where victims can be safe and receive the assistance needed. The center opened in October 2000 and is a joint effort of Gallatin County, the City of Bozeman, the private non-profit organization HAVEN and the private, non-profit organization Guardian Ad Litem/CASA Program.
The Victim Assistance Program assists victims of violent crime with the criminal justice process in the City of Bozeman and Gallatin County.
Marsy's Law was passed on November 8, 2016 and helps to expand and elevate the rights victims receive after a violent crime.
It will go into effect July 1, 2017.
Please note: The Montana Supreme Court has put a stay on enactment of Marsy's Law pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the law's validity.
The Legal Advocate assists victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault through the civil justice system, primarily with Orders of Protection.
Guardians Ad Litem are volunteers appointed by the court to represent children in child abuse and neglect proceedings.