State's Attorney's Office
The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) has 2 full-time Victim’s Assistants available to explain to victims the intricacies of the judicial process and their rights within that system. Our Felony Victim's Assistant may be reached at (309) 558-3240, and our Misdemeanor Victim's Assistant may be reached at (309) 558-3230.
Our office attempts to keep victims informed of all upcoming hearings and changes to hearing dates. Sometimes hearings happen unexpectedly and our office does not have enough notice to contact victims. Victims can register and check with the Illinois AVN (Automated Victim Notification) system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for up-to-date information. This network can be accessed by calling (866) 566-8439.
Automated Victim Notification System (AVN):
All victims of crime in Illinois can register with the AVN system as made possible through the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. This is a toll-free, automated telephone service that provides information about the custody status of offenders and notification of any change in that status. Information about hearing dates is also available. This system is accessed by calling (866) 566-8439.
Restitution can be ordered by a judge only if a defendant has been convicted of the crime and the ruling is a part of the defendant’s sentence. Victims should complete the restitution form provided by our office and return it to the Victim’s Assistant prior to the Plea Date.
Victim’s Compensation is available to victims of specific violent crimes according to statute. Only medical bills and lost wages (no pain and suffering payments) will be considered for compensation. Applications can be obtained from our Victim’s Assistant or from most local hospitals. Our Victim’s Assistant can be contacted at (309) 558-3230.
Orders of Protection:
Orders of Protection are available at no cost to victims who have a domestic relationship as defined in the Illinois Compiled Statutes with their abusers. This would include spouses, former spouses, parents, children, stepchildren and other persons related by blood or by present or prior marriage, persons who share or formerly shared a common dwelling, persons who have a child in common, and persons who have or have had a dating or engagement relationship. Anyone who qualifies should obtain the necessary paperwork from the Clerk of the Court’s Office on the 3rd floor of the Rock Island County Courthouse, 210 - 15th Street, Rock Island, IL. A Victim’s Assistant is available from 9:00 to Noon Monday through Friday to assist victims in obtaining an Order of Protection. Judges hear requests for Orders of Protection each weekday morning beginning at 10:00 AM (petitioners need to arrive prior to 10:00 AM in order for the necessary documentation to be completed). Persons who feel they need protection but do not meet the domestic relationship requirement can contact a private attorney for information on how to obtain a Restraining Order.
VINE - The National Victims Notification Network:
The National Victims Notification Network (VINE) is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding their offender's custody status and register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when their offender's custody status changes. The service is brought to Illiois by the Illinois Attorney General's Office.
To contact the Illinois VINE service, victims can - call (866) 566-8439 to register over the phone or visit the VineLink website . Click here to download a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding VINELink, which includes detailed instructions on how to register.
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