Victim-Witness Assistance Services

Victim-Witness Assistance Services Free and confidential services for crime victims and survivors in Cascade County. If you have any questions, please call 315-1111 or email at [email protected]

VWAS is a nonprofit organization for crime victims in Cascade County. Services include help in applying for an Order of Protection, court case tracking, offender release notification, court accompaniment, emotional support through the criminal justice process, contacting prosecutors on victims' behalf, educating about the criminal justice process, and answering any and all questions along the way.

VWAS is a nonprofit organization for crime victims in Cascade County. Services include help in applying for an Order of Protection, court case tracking, offender release notification, court accompaniment, emotional support through the criminal justice process, contacting prosecutors on victims' behalf, educating about the criminal justice process, and answering any and all questions along the way.

Operating as usual

09/22/2021

Meet Malik. When Malik becomes both witness and victim to a criminal incident involving his neighbor, he speaks with counselors, prosecutors, and advocates while also testifying in court. We hope children ages approx. 7-12 can follow and relate to Malik’s story in OVC’s Child Victims and Witnesses Support Materials. https://ovc.ojp.gov/child-victims-and-witnesses-support/family-dependency-court?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=kids-in-court&utm_campaign=resources#resources-for-ages-7%E2%80%9312

08/04/2021
07/22/2021
President Biden delivers remarks and signs H.R. 1652, the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021, into law; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends

We are hopeful the VOCA fix will truly help our victim services programs. VOCA is how our nonprofit, Victim-Witness Assistance Services is funded and because of the decrease in VOCA funds this last funding cycle, we are hurting and may be struggling to keep our doors open by the end of our 2-year grant period. Although we serve well over 1000 crime victims and families each year, most people don't know about us unless something bad has happened, and even more people don't know we are a nonprofit. We have TWO advocates available 24/7 and currently have 433 open cases we are actively working on. Each of those represents a child, a woman, a man, and/or entire family facing trauma because of some kind of victimization. We work behind the scenes to ensure crime victims understand their rights in the criminal justice process, are kept informed about the court hearings, and have support through it all. Please keep our local Victim-Witness program in mind when considering charitable donations ❤

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06/21/2021
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10/21/2020

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04/22/2020
2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) Theme Video Clip

It is National Crime Victims' Rights Week. In the midst of all the uncertainty in the world right now, we are still working every day to ensure crime victims in our area have access to information, support, and services. If you or someone you know has been directly affected by crime, please contact us and ask how we can help ♥
If you would like to invest in our program to help us continue to serve crime victims, you can find the donation button on our page or contact Nichole at 406-315-1114 or by email at [email protected].

OVC encourages organizations to use the introductory theme video clip throughout the year at public awareness, education, and training events in local commun...

03/27/2020

Hello from your advocates at VWAS!

~ Although we are taking necessary precautions to keep our staff and others safe, we want you to know that we are still here to help. We are limiting some of the in-person meetings and our in-office hours may be adjusted a bit as well, but we understand that people in our community still need support and we are honored to be here for you.

~ The courts are still operating as normal as possible and our men in women in law enforcement are still here to serve. That means we will continue to provide services as well. Many questions can be answered over the phone, so please call us at 315-1111. If no one answers, please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible. You can also send us a message here or email our director at [email protected]

~ If you are the victim of a crime and have not heard from us with court updates or have questions about how we can help, please reach out! We may not have received a referral, so we may not know to contact you.

~ We know this is a stressful time and we wish you all safety and health as we get through this together! ♥

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07/15/2019
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04/26/2019

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01/22/2019

Did you know Victim-Witness Assistance Services is a Non-Profit organization? We offer free and confidential services to victims of crime in Cascade County. Please keep us in mind when making charitable contributions! ♥

01/22/2019

We want to wish you all a late Happy New Year! VWAS advocates have been very busy so far this year, and we are here to help answer your questions and provide support!
In 2018, we provided over 18,000 services to 1,107 victims in our community. As part of our 24/7 crisis response, we responded to 97 crisis calls in the last year to provide support and assistance at the Emergency Room, GFPD or CCSO, or at the scene of the incident.
We are proud to serve our community and welcome any questions you may have about our services and what is available in Cascade County to better serve you!

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11/21/2018
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We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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11/21/2018

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11/21/2018

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11/01/2018
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A surprise visit from the first VWAS Director! It was so nice to see you, Michele!
08/30/2018

A surprise visit from the first VWAS Director! It was so nice to see you, Michele!

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07/16/2018
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Great Falls Tribune
06/25/2018
Great Falls Tribune

Great Falls Tribune

"There's a need to change our culture and the way we think about domestic violence. We've come a long way in the past 30 years...in a lot of cases it's still considered a family issue or 'none of my business.'"

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05/24/2018

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We are so grateful to work so well with our local law enforcement and to be a part of the awards ceremony to wrap up Law...
05/19/2018

We are so grateful to work so well with our local law enforcement and to be a part of the awards ceremony to wrap up Law Enforcement Appreciation Week. Today, we were able to acknowledge and show our appreciation to four officers/detectives for their assistance in making sure crime victims have access to support and services. We also were able to recognize Captain Moccasin for all of his help with the referral process and for his support of our program! Thank you all for what you do! We are proud to be able to help! Great Falls MT Police Department

04/13/2018

*** PLEASE SHARE ***

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Many people don't like to talk about sexual assault or the affects it has on survivors, but in order to see a change and put an end to sexual violence, we must keep the conversation going.
No one should ever have to experience sexual assault. This was shared with us today. These are the words from a young, strong survivor who wants to make a difference - she wants to see a change - Please share and help her do her part in raising awareness. (And thank you for sharing this with us ♥)

I was a white rose
I was fearless
I was confident
Like a flower swaying in the wind
But now I’m lost in all of the thoughts going through my mind
If only he knew
If only he knew what was going through my mind
Would he have stopped
Would he have listened when I said
NO over and over again
I was frozen in fear
Like a wilting rose in the fall
Thoughts were traveling through my mind
Like time traveling through space
What could I have done
what can I do
I am a white rose
I am fearless

~ Written by a 15 year old survivor of sexual assault

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04/02/2018

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Congratulations to our newest advocate!
03/08/2018

Congratulations to our newest advocate!

We are excited to announce our Salute to Women honoree in the Volunteer & Community Service category, Tonya Rolando! Tonya works with Victim-Witness Assistance Services. A quote from one of her nominators: Tonya's personal and professional dedication to community service, integrity, leadership, and dedication to the lives of victims in our community is an example for us all. In a time where many others are sitting, she continues to stand up as advocates. When others are silent due to fear, she is speaking up for those voices." We are so excited to celebrate Tonya and all she does for our community!

Did you know that we have an accredited Children's Advocacy Center in Cascade County? This is a great article that expla...
02/20/2018
‘People can heal from this’: Victim advocates urge parents to believe reports from children

Did you know that we have an accredited Children's Advocacy Center in Cascade County? This is a great article that explains why it is so important to start by believing and the importance of the Child Advocacy Center interviews. In 2017, our Center interviewed 201 children due to sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and/or drug-endangered children. For more information, contact us at 315-1111 or our local CAC at 268-3756.

In the wake of allegations against a local pediatrician with practices in Cambria and Somerset counties, victim advocates are informing parents how to best handle a situation in which a

KRTV Great Falls
02/01/2018
KRTV Great Falls

KRTV Great Falls

If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Su***de Prevention Lifeline, 24/7, at 1-800-273-TALK. More resources here:

KRTV Great Falls
01/31/2018
KRTV Great Falls

KRTV Great Falls

Recent cases of child abuse in the community have many people concerned - and also wondering how they can help prevent it, and/or identify it. Information about the signs and symptoms, and resources for parents and friends:

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401 3rd Ave N, Lowr
Great Falls, MT
59401

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Located across from the District Court house Free and Confidential service Crimes do not not have to be reported to access services

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 12pm

Telephone

(406) 315-1111

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