The Victim Services Division of the Shelby County District Attorney's Office provides victims with support before, during, and after their cases are processed through the judicial system. It is our number one priority to provide personal assistance to all individuals who are victims of crime. The unit assists victims in filing the proper forms for the recovery of restitution and offers support during the judicial process.
For additional victim information or to change an address/telephone number, please contact:
Vanessa Workman, Victim Service Officer/ Case Coordinator
Telisha Martinez, Victim Service Officer/Case Coordinator
P.O. Box 706
Shelby County Courthouse
Columbiana, AL 35051
Phone: (205) 669-3750
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
All states and the federal government have passed laws to establish a set of victims’ rights. In general, these laws require that victims have certain information, protections, and a limited role in the criminal justice process. Victims’ rights depend on the laws of the jurisdiction where the crime is investigated and prosecuted: state, federal or tribal government, or military installation. Below is a list of basic victims’ rights provided by law in most jurisdictions.
∙ The right to be treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity.
∙ The right to be informed.
∙ The right to protection.
∙ The right to apply for compensation.
∙ The right to restitution from the offender.
∙ The right to prompt return of personal property.
∙ The right to a speedy trial.
∙ The right to enforcement of victims’ rights.
The restitution process begins at the time the warrant is executed. As a victim, you will be asked to complete a Restitution Affidavit which lists your losses, including travel, missed work, property, medical, and other expenses resulting from the crime. If you do not complete the affidavit you will receive notification from the District Attorney’s Office requesting that you do so. It is very important to respond, since restitution cannot be ordered without this affidavit on file. If you need to file a Restitution Affidavit, you may obtain one at the Shelby Co. District Attorney’s Office or download/print a copy by clicking on our Restitution Recovery division and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
To assist the court in ordering restitution, keep your receipts, estimates, and bills for damages or injuries suffered in connection with the crime. This information, along with your name, address, and telephone number(s) is recorded on the Restitution Affidavit. Bring a copy of all paperwork when you appear at the court proceeding. If you change your address or telephone number, please contact the Victim Services Unit immediately to update your directory information.
If convicted of a crime, a defendant may be ordered to pay restitution in an amount set by the judge. Generally, restitution is ordered after a hearing during the sentencing proceeding. It may be necessary for the victim to testify at the hearing.
As a victim of a crime, check with your insurance company to see if your policy will cover the expenses of your injury and/or property loss. If your insurance covers all or part of these losses, inform your insurance company that it has a right to file a restitution statement for its losses. However, you cannot file a restitution affidavit for losses that are paid to you by your insurance company. You can only claim the amount of the deductible and other out-of-pocket expenses not reimbursed by insurance.
If placed on probation, the defendant must follow the standards of conduct specified by the judge and be supervised by a probation officer. In addition to any restitution ordered, the defendant is generally required to pay other court ordered monies as well as a supervision fee.
If sent to jail or prison, the defendant probably will not be able to pay restitution until released. However, you may have civil remedies available and may wish to consult an attorney concerning this possibility.
This is financial assistance available to victims of violent crimes where a personal injury has occurred. For more information, contact the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission at 100 North Union Street, Suite 778, Montgomery AL 36104, (334) 242-4007 or (800) 541-9388. An application must be filed with the Commission within one year of the crime.
If any of your property is held as evidence, you must contact the assigned Assistance District Attorney to sign a release before the property can be returned to you. It is usually necessary to hold the property until after a trial.
Our office is unable to engage in direct communication with defendants or individuals representing defendants. All communication pertaining to a case must be conducted through the defendant's attorney of record.
Our office does not accept reports directly. If you have been involved in an incident, we kindly request that you report it to your local police department or the SCSO (Sheriff's Office).
Defendants who require information regarding their court date or have missed their scheduled court appearance are advised to contact the Clerk's Office for assistance.
Our office does not handle cases involving PFAs. In the event of a PFA violation, please report it promptly to law enforcement for appropriate action.
If you are a victim involved in a case, a victim's services letter will be sent to you via mail and the VSO (Victim Services Officer) will be your point of contact through the DA's Office. Please keep the VSO notified of any changes in phone number or address so the Office will be able to stay in contact with you.
If a police department has indicated that your concern falls under civil jurisdiction, we regretfully inform you that we cannot create charges where none exist. Please understand that our office is bound by the scope of criminal law.
Our prosecutors maintain demanding schedules, frequently attending court proceedings. Kindly allow them reasonable time to return your call after leaving a voicemail.
Our office is unable to provide legal advice or offer interpretations of laws. For guidance, you may contact the police/SCSO, consult a private attorney, or refer to the Alabama Criminal Code through appropriate resources, such as online searches.
Our office does not handle cases related to divorces, child support, child custody, estates/wills, evictions, business contracts, or real estate matters.
To engage in personal discussions with a member of our office, we kindly request that you call and schedule an appointment. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the physical presence of specific individuals at any given time.
Alabama now has a new tools for helping victims assert their rights and stay informed—a new
victim website at victims.alabama.gov with a new automated victim registration system, through that website called AlabamaCAN (Alabama Crime Victims Automated Notification System). Public Resources
Phone: (334) 290-4420
(For Victims Only)
Address: P.O. Box 231267
Montgomery, AL 36123
Provides assistance to innocent victims of violent crime in a confidential manner.
Financial assistance to eligible victims for qualified expenses. Public Resources
Address: 301 S. Ripley St
P.O. Box 301501
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 353-3883
Address: 501 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-7300
Address: 100 Capitol Commerce Blvd
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 242-8700
The Alabama State Victim Notification Service (AlaVINE) is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding their offender & custody status and register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender & custody status changes. This service is brought to you by the Alabama Attorney General's Office and the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.
Address: 250 Commerce Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124
Provides love and care for child victims of human trafficking through housing, services, and long-term commitment.
Helps prevent children from becoming victims of human trafficking through educational programs for children and professionals who work with children.
Provide an array of services for individuals dealing with mental illness, substance use disorders
and intellectual disabilities.
Address: 117 South Crest Drive
Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: (205) 942-5505
Facilitates social, civic and economic integration through services that educate and empower Hispanics to be leaders of their families and communities.
Phone: (205) 678-8331
Provides homes for boys and girls, ages 10 to 21, who are seeking refuge, hope, and help from abuse, neglect, and abandonment.
Women and Children Program
Provides loving support in a residential, homelike setting for women and mothers with children so their lives can be transformed and the cycle of abuse and domestic violence can truly be broken.
Address: 22747 Highway 25
Columbiana, AL 35051
Phone: (205) 669-3333
Provides services and programs to serve children who are victims of abuse and their families.
All services are free of charge.
Provides critical domestic and sexual violence response prevention programs.
24-hour crisis line available at (205) 669-7233
Address: 987 Highway 70
Columbiana, AL 35051
Phone: (205) 669-3000
Address: 1800 4 th Avenue N.
Bessemer, AL 35020
Phone: (205) 424-4673
Provides programs to restore hope and rebuild the lives of the addict, the ex-inmate and the
destitute through Christ-centered recovery, re-entry, and rescue.
Address: PO Box 868
Odenville, AL 35120
Provides a safe residential environment to women and children who have been sexually exploited
and/or a victim of human trafficking.
Offers spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical support services.
A 24/7 helpline for victims of prostitution and/or sex trafficking is available at 1-800-991-0948.
Address: 3660 Grandview Pkwy, Suite 400
Birmingham, AL 35243
Brings awareness and education to local communities on the issues of domestic sex trafficking.
Provides services to sex trafficking victims.
Address: 422 South Court St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone: (334) 262-7197
Safety & Refuge for Victims in Alabama