South Utah County Victim’s Services is collaboration, by Payson City and Salem City under the direction of Payson City Prosecutor’s Office. The Victim’s Advocate has served as the Director and grant manager since 1999.
In 2016, the city of Payson alone, received referrals of 89 Domestic Violence reports, 4 Child Abuse, and 26 assaults not involving family members, 13 violations of court orders, 10 sex offenses, 4 suicides, 10 Adult Protective Service Referrals, 1 unattended death, and 1 vehicular homicide. The Victim’s Services also assisted with the victim survivors of multiple suicide and accidental death cases, dog bites, property damage claims, restitution problems, thefts, shoplifting, burglaries and crimes where the situation didn’t amount to charges being filed or an arrest being made.
The Victim’s Advocate is experienced and certified to respond or assist in aforementioned criminal activities in getting financial assistance, counseling, burial expenses, transportation, lodging and other services to the survivors of those crimes. The Victim’s Services is on call 24/7 and responds day or night to the scene of crimes upon callout by a police officer on scene.
Victim Services is funded by the Federal Grant called “VOCA” (Victims of Crime Act). This money is not taxpayer dollars but comes from fees assessed to Federal Prisoners. That money is funneled through the State Office for Victims of Crime to our Program. The Victim’s Advocate writes and receives a competitive grant each year to partially fund this program. The remainder of her budget is assessed to the two participating cities through the annual budget process.