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Victim Advocacy Program

Victims of Crime with Disabilities often find it difficult to navigate the criminal justice system and gain access to support services.  The Victim Advocacy Program of Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) provides direct service to individuals with disabilities who experience crime, regardless if it has been reported.  The Victim Advocacy Specialists will ensure that each person receives the advocacy, services, and support that is desired to move forward, find justice, and obtain safety and stability in whatever form the victim/survivor needs.

The Criminal Justice System and other support services often find it challenging to provide appropriate, accessible services to victims of crime with disabilities.  The Victim Advocacy Program can assist these individuals with disabilities navigate these systems and services to ensure their safety and desired outcome.

Who is eligible?

Children and Adults with disabilities (and their families).


Services provided under this program may include:

  • Personal Advocacy
  • Victim Accompaniment
  • Information and Referral
  • Criminal Justice Support (Law Enforcement, Courts)
  • Advocacy within Civil Proceedings
  • Crime Victim Compensation
  • Crime Victim Rights
  • Co-Advocacy with Local Service Providers
  • School Advocacy
  • Housing Rights
  • Employment Victim Related Supports
  • Access to Services (criminal justice, victim services, disability services)
  • Post Crisis Stabilization
  • Safety Planning

Who to Contact for Referrals

System Providers – Advocacy services are Free and Confidential to all victims of crime with disabilities and their families. Disability Rights Wisconsin has advocates available across the state, call the office nearest to you.

Victims of Crime with Disabilities and/or Families may contact DRW directly at 800-928-8778.