Victim / Witness

General Crime Victim Program

Rebecca Bentele

Victim/Witness Coordinator
Phone: 507-238-3209
Fax: 507-238-3231
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Emily Ibarra
Victim/Witness Assistant
Phone: 507-238-3280
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Kari Buntjer

Administrative Secretary
Phone: 507-238-3228
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Martin County Victim Services is located at 201 Lake Ave., Security Building, Rm. 245, Fairmont, MN (2nd floor of the Law Enforcement Center).  This program has been in existence since 1994 and provides assistance to victims of general crime.  The Coordinator assists with criminal justice support, notification of victim's rights, information on charges against the offender, status of offender, and notifies victim of court hearings. The Coordinator serves as a link to the prosecuting attorney, shares any concerns the victim may have, assists in explaining plea offers, helps prepare Victim Impact Statements, and advocates for the victim to ensure that their rights as a victim are upheld.  The Coordinator assists victims in filing victim compensation claims, coordinates and secures services with other agencies as needed and provides supportive listening and options available to them based on self-defined needs. There does not need to be a call to law enforcement or criminal charges filed for this program to assist victims.

The Coordinator also assists victims in filingPetitions for Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Orders, provides crisis intervention, escorts victims to court hearings, assists in securing needed services for victims and makes referrals to other agencies as needed.


MISSION:
To empower victims of general crime through providing a direct link to prosecuting attorney, crisis intervention, immediate response, and on-going support and advocacy.


EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS:

  • Emergency..............................911

Martin Co. Sheriff Office and Fairmont Police Deptartment

  • Non-emergency.....................507-238-4481


Minnesota 24-hour Crime Victim Support Line....................866-385-2699


Martin County Victim/Witness Program...............................507-238-3209

Martin County Attorney’s Office..........................................507-238-1594

Fairmont City Attorney.........................................................507-238-3939

Domestic Violence Services:

CADA 24-hour and TTY hotline............1-800-477-0466 I 507-625-3966

Day One Crisis Line.............................................................866-223-1111

Sexual Assault Info/Services..............................www.RapeHelpMN.com

Martin County Jail...............................................................507-238-3150

Martin County Court Administration..................................507-238-3205

Martin County Children and Family Services.....................507-238-4757

Adult Abuse Reporting Center............................................844-880-1574



Links:
VINELink - The Minnesota State Victim Notification Service (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 email notifications when their offender's custody status changes. This service is brought to you by your local Sheriff.
vine link
The VINE TOLL FREE Number for MN VINE is 1.877.664.8463