Gallatin County Victim Services

Travel and other movement restrictions aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19, may make home violence worse. If you are in crisis, call the Help Center at 211.

The Gallatin County Victim Services Program is a prosecutor-based victim assistance program. Our primary responsibility is to provide information, support, and advocacy services to victims of violent crime.

Examples of types of crime include but are not limited to:

  • Partner or family member assault
  • Stalking
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Homicide
  • Assault
  • Criminal endangerment
  • Elder abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Order of protection violation
  • Unlawful restraint
  • Privacy in communications
  • Etc.

Being a victim of a crime is a frightening experience. And the criminal justice system can be confusing and complex. But you do not need to face this alone. A professional victim advocate is available to help you from shortly after the crime is committed until its resolution, no matter how long it takes.

  • Provide crisis counseling, emotional support and guidance
  • Help you develop a safety plan for your protection
  • Explain to you how the court system works
  • Give you specific information and updates about your case including dates and times of hearings
  • Refer you to community services (therapist, child care, medical, emergency financial, etc.)
  • Assist you in filing for Crime Victim Compensation to cover medical, counseling, wage loss or funeral expenses
  • Attend court proceedings with/for you
  • Provide you with a secure waiting area if you need to testify
  • Assist you with victim impact statements at sentencing hearings
  • Notify you of parole hearings, appeals and other post-conviction relief

If you have a disability, are a child or elderly, or speak a different language we will make every attempt to meet your special needs. Please let us know so we can assist you more effectively. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, disability, race, national origin, religious belief or sexual orientation.

There is no charge for services.

  • Emergency: 911
  • Bozeman Police Dept.: 582-2000
  • Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office: 582-2100
  • MSU Police Dept.: 994-2121
  • HAVEN Legal Advocate (Orders of Protection): 582-2038
  • HAVEN (24 Hour Crisis – Domestic Violence): 586-4111
  • Help Center (24 Hour Crisis – Sex Assault/Suicide): 211 or 586-3333
  • Gallatin Mental Health Center: 556-6500
  • Gallatin County Attorney’s Office: 582-3745
  • Bozeman City Attorney’s Office: 582-2309
  • Crime Victim Compensation: 1-800-498-6455
  • Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital: 585-5000
  • Alcohol and Drug Services: 586-5493
  • Child and Family Services: 585-9984
  • Guardian Ad Litem (CASA) Program: 582-2051
  • MSU VOICE Center: 994-7069
  • Montana Legal Services: 1-800-666-6899

Under Montana law you have a number of rights if you are a victim of a felony or misdemeanor offense involving actual, threatened or potential bodily injury, or if you are a relative of a child victim or a homicide victim.

These rights include:

Your right to information. When a crime is reported, law enforcement will give you a notice of rights and services for victims of violent crimes. This information includes the name and information of the investigating officer.

Your right to prompt advance notification. You can be notified of the arrest and release of the accused, the crime with which the accused has been charged, proceedings in the prosecution of the case, the function of a presentence report, the date and time of a sentencing hearing and information from the Department of Corrections about the convicted person’s incarceration.

Your right to confidentiality. If you request it, your address, telephone number or place of employment (as well as your identity if you are the victim of a sexual offense) may not be given to anyone except a criminal justice agency unless it is the address of the crime scene, is required by law, necessary for law enforcement purposes or ordered by a district court.

Your right to be heard. You have the right to be consulted regarding dismissal of the case, release of the defendant, plea negotiations and pretrial diversion. You have the right to give a statement regarding the impact of the crime at the sentencing hearing.

Your right to receive restitution. Once convicted, the law requires the judge to order the defendant to pay full restitution, so long as the defendant has the ability to pay. Restitution includes stolen or damaged property costs, medical expenses, counseling, loss of income, funeral and burial costs, and expenses reasonably incurred in attending court proceedings and in obtaining ordinary or necessary services that you, the victim, would have performed if not injured.

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