Juvenile/Victim Witness Unit
Victim Assistance Unit
The Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Victim Assistance Unit will offer information and provide referrals to people seeking assistance due to various needs as a result of the crime committed against them. You can contact the victim unit by calling the main police department phone number at (410) 222-8050 and asking for the victim unit or by calling (410) 222-3505, (410) 222-3506 or (410) 222-3507.
VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)
A free, anonymous, automated telephone service that provides victims of crime with two important services: information and notification. VINE provides you with vital court case and custody information for an offender currently involved in the criminal justice system in Maryland. You can register to receive telephone notification for certain court case and custody status events. Registration can be done by telephone by calling the Maryland Statewide VINE program toll-free at 1-866-MD4VINE (1-866-634-8463) and follow the prompts. You can also register by e-mail by going to www.vinelink.com
. If your case goes on to the State’s Attorney’s Office, you want to make sure that you complete the Maryland Crime Victim Notification Request and Demand for Rights Form.
VINE will let you know if the offender is in the detention center, transferred to another location, or released from placement.
Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (MCICB)
The Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (MCICB) was established to provide financial assistance to Maryland’s crime victims when other resources are not available. Victims or surviving family members of deceased victims may be eligible to be reimbursed for their medical, mental health, and/or funeral expenses and/or lost income resulting from a crime under certain conditions involving physical injury, emotional trauma or death directly related to the crime. For further information and assistance in filing, call or write or contact by Internet:
MD Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Suite 206, Plaza Office Center
6776 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21215-2340
Local: (410) 585-3010
Toll Free Number: 1-888-679-9347
Maryland Sex Offender Alert Line
You can call 1-866-559-8017 (toll free) to find out if a registered sex offender has moved into a certain area. Call the alert line and enter your phone number and zip code. When the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services receives notice that a registered sex offender is moving into that area, you will receive a notification call. Then you will be directed to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry at www.socem.info
for more information. The Maryland Sex Offender Alert Line will send you a phone call when a convicted sex offender moves into your zip code area if you do the above steps.
The Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program
This program prevents perpetrators of domestic violence from using public records to find their victims. The program is designed to make it harder for attackers to find their victims, empowers the state to establish a substitute address for those who have suffered abuse so they can apply for driver’s licenses or register to vote without revealing where they live. The service allows victims to have their mail sent to the dummy address and then forwarded to their homes. More information can be obtained by going to www.marylandsos.gov or call 1-800-633-9657, extension 3875
Other Useful Websites
The Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, Inc.
Offers advice and referral services, and a Crime Victim Legal Advocacy Program.
Call 1-877-VICTIM-1 or 1-877-842-8461.