The following are available resources for victims and witnesses:
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family - provides safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family 24-hour Crisis Line: 800-410-7233 or 319-352-0037
Child Abuse - If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected:
- If you believe the child is in imminent danger, call 911 immediately.
- Call the Abuse Hotline at 800-362-2178, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Deaf Iowans Against Abuse - DIAA provides support services to help Deaf victims and their families deal with the trauma of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Teen Dating Violence, Bullying, and/or Stalking. All services are free and confidential.
DIAA has a 24/7 crisis hotline: V/VP: 319-531-7719 or Text only: 515-661-4015
Dependent Adult Abuse - Call the Abuse Hotline at 800-362-2178, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Fraud (Medicaid and Welfare fraud) - Report suspected Medicaid and Welfare fraud by calling 800-831-1394, available Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You may also report suspected fraud to the US Department of Health and Human Services at the Office of Inspector General website.
Horizons Survivors Program - The program works with all violent crime victims and survivors of homicide and vehicular homicides. Horizons provides emergency crisis support, criminal justice advocacy, support throughout the investigation, prosecution, and post sentencing. There do not have to be charges filed to receive services. Horizons has a 24/7 toll-free line: 844-454-0961. For more information, call 319-398-3943.
Iowa Crime Victim Compensation Program - If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Crime Victim Compensation Program may be able to help. The program helps victims with certain out-of-pocket expenses related to injuries from violent crime. It is funded entirely by fines and penalties paid by criminals (not by taxpayers).
The program pays for crime-related expenses such as medical care, counseling, lost wages, and funeral expenses (when costs are not covered by insurance or other sources). The program can also pay for crime-scene clean-up, replacement of clothing held as evidence, replacement of security items, child or dependent care, housing/shelter expenses, relocation expenses and travel.
Telephone: 515-281-5044 or 800-373-5044 (Iowa Attorney General's Office)
Iowa Protective Order Notification for Domestic Abuse (IPONDA) - a free and confidential telephone service that provides petitioners two important features: information and notification.
IPONDA provides victims of domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and sexual assault access to timely and reliable information about the service status of their protective order or no-contact order.
Iowa Sex Offender Registrant Watch - provides 24 hour access to sex offender registrant information online. It also allows the ability to verify a registered sex offender's location and other characteristics including a photo. Registrant Watch provides crime victims and other interested parties the ability to be automatically notified by phone or email about changes in the location or identification information of a registered sex offender.
Victims can receive automated notification 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year by telephone, the Internet, or email. By telephone, victims can always contact a live operator who is trained in victim services by calling 888-742-8463.
Iowa Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program - established in 1979 to pay the cost of evidentiary examinations in sexual abuse crimes. Evidence of sexual abuse deteriorates significantly during the seventy-two hours immediately following an assault and is best collected within the first twelve hours after a crime. Because of emotional and physical trauma, sexual assault victims often have difficulty deciding whether or not to report the crime to law enforcement within this time frame.
The State of Iowa pays for the sexual assault examination regardless of whether the victim reports the crime to law enforcement. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that prosecutors and law enforcement officers will have evidence efficiently and effectively collected if the victim later reports that crime.
Neither a victim, nor the the victim's insurance company, should be billed. Hospitals, physicians and other medical providers who collect and process evidence of sexual abuse submit bills directly to the Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program. In the event that a victim is erroneously billed and pays for the cost of the evidence collection, the program will reimburse that victim.
Funds for the Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program come from the Compensation Fund. That fund is comprised entirely of fines and penalties paid by convicted criminals.
Iowa Victim Information & Notification Everyday (IowaVINE) - a free and anonymous telephone service that provides victims of crime two important features: information and notification. Across the state, crime victims and other concerned parties use IowaVINE for access to timely and reliable information about the custody status of an offender. Victims can receive automated notification by telephone, the Internet, or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. By telephone, victims can always contact a live operator who is trained in victim services.
Registrant Watch works by transmitting near real-time information from the Iowa Sex Offender Registry database system to the Registrant Watch Service. Crime victims and other interested parties can access the information visiting the Iowa Sex Offender Registry website any time day or night or calling 515-725-6050. Victims can inquire where a registrant is located, as well as information on other identifying characteristics, and register to receive automated notifications via phone, text or email when this information is updated.
Iowa Victim Services Support Programs - The Victim Services Support Program provides funding to programs providing services to victims of crime. This site has a list of the currently funded programs.
Waypoint Services - Waypoint Services has a mission to strengthen and empower individuals who are homeless, living in poverty, or victims of domestic violence; and give children access to gaining the essential skills vital to reaching their full potential through quality child care.
Waypoint Services 24/7 Support Line: 319-363-2093 or 800-208-0388