Dane County District Attorney's Office
Victim Witness Unit
215 S. Hamilton St. #3000,
Madison, WI 53703-3297
Phone: (608) 266-9003
Fax: (608) 261-9766
Amy Brown, Director
24/7 Crime Response Program Pager: (608) 376-0164
The Wisconsin Constitution and Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 950 provide crime victims and witnesses with rights. The Dane County District Attorney's Office Victim Witness Unit assists victims by providing information and services consistent with these laws and in a manner that honors a victim's rights to dignity, respect, courtesy, sensitivity, and fairness while striving to be culturally sensitive and trauma-informed in delivery. Victim Witness Unit staff are available to crime victims throughout the criminal court process to provide information about court proceedings, as well as offer support, referrals and advocacy along the way. If you have been a victim of a crime please feel free to contact the Victim Witness Unit at 608-266-9003 to inquire as to your rights and services that may be available to you.
The rights listed below are an abbreviated list of your crime victim rights.
The Wisconsin Constitution provides crime victims with the following rights:
Additionally, the Wisconsin Statutes afford crime victims additional rights including but not limited:
The Dane County District Attorney’s Office values your privacy rights and safety as a crime victim and will make every effort to treat your case with sensitivity. However, this should not be interpreted as absolute privacy and we think it’s important for you to be aware of these limitations. Therefore, please know if this case is charged, police reports, and other materials that relate to this incident will have to be shared with the defendant and their attorney per Wis. Stat. § 971.23. Additionally, criminal proceedings are open to the public and will include filings that contain information about this incident. Finally, as part of the investigatory and prosecution process, information concerning this incident may be shared with assisting outside agencies and trial experts. If you would like more information about these practices and/or have questions or concerns about your privacy or safety please contact the Victim Witness Unit at 608-266-9003 to discuss how we can best serve your interests.
Crime Response Program
The Criminal Court Process
Domestic Violence Program
Children and Domestic Violence
Crime Victim Compensation Program
Tips for victims of crime: working with the media
Resources for Victims
Often victims and witnesses learn additional information important to the pending case. Please give this information immediately to the investigating police officers and prosecutor. The Victim Witness Unit can assist you in contacting the attorney assigned to your case.
Please notify the Victim Witness Unit of any change in your address or phone number.
Victims and witnesses have the right to discuss cases with defense attorneys or investigators. Victims and witnesses have the right to ask that a police officer or prosecutor be present during the interview. Always ask for identification from any person who wants to discuss a pending case.
Police agencies, subject to their policies, may disclose to the victim the name and address of a juvenile offender and the juvenile's parents. (Parents may be liable for up to $5,000 for damages resulting from the acts of their child.) Juvenile contact information may also be obtained from the Victim Witness Unit. This information is confidential and cannot be disclosed to any other person.
The police will notify a person when their property is no longer needed as evidence. If you have questions about property held by the police or need the property returned quickly, ask the Victim Witness Unit for assistance.
Threats and Intimidation
If you receive any threats or other forms of intimidation from your cooperation with law enforcement and prosecutors, call 911 immediately. Also report the incident to the Victim Witness Unit.
An innocent victim who suffers injury from a crime may apply to the State of Wisconsin for injury or death benefits up to $40,000. Injuries may include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of financial support, reasonable replacement costs of property being held as evidence, and funeral expenses. The address and phone number are listed under Important Numbers.
A subpoena is a court order directing a person to appear in court on a certain date and time. Failure to appear may result in an arrest warrant, fines, and jail. Report to the District Attorney's Office before court.
Call the Court Cancellation Line at (608) 266-4456 after 5:30 PM the night before the hearing date to see if a case has been canceled.
The Victim Witness Unit will assist victims and witnesses in obtaining witness fees and travel costs for attending court hearings.
Public parking is available for a fee (meters) at the Dane County Ramp, 113 S. Henry Street, Madison