The Fort Worth Police Department’s Victim Assistance Section exists to provide assistance and support services directly to victims of crime. The primary functions of the victim assistance unit include:
- Contact victims of crime by letter or telephone call to advise of their rights
- Provide on-site crisis intervention to highly traumatized victims
- Offer referrals and information on community resources to victim’s of crime
- Assist crime victims with filing Crime Victim’s Compensation claims
- Educate crime victims on the criminal justice process and provide information on the status of their investigation
The Victim Assistance Section is part of the Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and is supervised by the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Michelle Morgan.
Haha, wow what!?
The Fort Worth Police Dept has a “victims assistance” program. I guess we need the police to keep us safe from *potentially* just about anyone– except them.
Pretty disturbing that site links to rape/sexual assault counseling for women but FWPD employed a cereal rapist for 6 years and didn’t seem to take very much about that. Guilty on 5 counts of sexual assault– what gets other people life in prison– but graciously up for parole after 10 years of his 20 year sentence. The article I linked almost sypathetically mentioned the fact (after stating his parole eligabilty) that he “will have to register as a sex offender once released”. Well, duh. He only got charged with 5 counts of sexual assault. We don’t know how many victims he had besides those. But gee I sure feel better knowing he’ll be registered as a sex offender, because that must really work to keep people safe, huh?
We are not a non-profit. We are not affiliated with any political ideology besides peace & non-violence. We are trans-partisan; inviting any and all types of ideologies to join us but we ask all organizers to please keep their beliefs separate from Peaceful Streets so that everyone feels comfortable joining and working with us. We are not interested in working through the political/legal system to advance our efforts as Peaceful Streets. We’re not picketing police departments demanding justice– we are building our own community-based coalition– in response to violent institution, to provide our communities safety and security.
Our way of not tolerating institutional violence (sexism, racism, homophobia/transphobia-related discrimination should be emphasized*) is by organizing outside it and providing the services they claim to but do not. We can take care of ourselves without using force or violence towards one another, interact without flaunting our privileges, and settle disputes with one another without calling 911. Our aim is to hold police accountable by making them irrelevant, and supporting each other when they show complete disregard and disrespect for our lives and of others’.
(* and also included in our understanding of violence, i.e what we mean when we use the term violence in addition to the obvious implications of physical violence, etc)
We don’t think that we have to tolerate police misconduct because they have guns, threaten us with violence, and lock us in their prisons. No. There is something we can do about this without violence– and that’s to take back our streets. We run our neighborhoods! Not them!