Common Ground’s Victim Assistance Program provides services specifically for individuals who are the victims of crime. Their mission is to provide support to victims and their families in the aftermath of the crime through a variety of direct intervention and advocacy services.
The specific services provided to victims, families, and friends are:
- Access to 24-hour emergency advocacy (24-Hour Crisis Line 800-231-1127)
- Short-term face to face crisis intervention
- Criminal justice system and court accompaniment
- Accompaniment to hospital and medical proceedings related to victimization
- Referrals for temporary shelter to victims of relationship violence
- Information and accompaniment for individuals seeking a Personal Protection Order (PPO)
- Partnership with police departments in notifying survivors of the death of a loved one lost to homicide or drunk driving
- Assistance in filing the application for Michigan Crime Victim Compensation
- Support group for the survivors of homicide victims, domestic abuse victims, and teens who have been sexually abused
- Debriefing services for members of a jury, victims of a tragedy, or violence that impacts a workplace, schools, or community organizations
- In-service training on victim issues or victim assistance services to interested police departments or community service providers
Common Ground provides all of the above services at no cost to victims.