The Victim Assistance Unit (VAU) of the Winston Salem Police Department assists victims and their families with any issues which arise as a result of crimes such as rape, homicide, assault, etc. The VAU works as intermediaries in finding financial assistance, counseling, providing safety planning, and assisting with any questions regarding the legal process, along with information on case status and updates. Please feel free to contact the VAU Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 336-773-7860 or 336-773-7741.
For 24 hour information on available resources, call our Communications Unit at 336-773-7700.
The Victim/Witness Service Provider List [pdf/190kb/3p] gives a comprehensive listing of available victim/witness services available from both this department and outside agencies and organizations.
Crime Victim Brochures
Crime Victim Brochure - English [pdf/406kb/2p]
Crime Victim Brochure - Espanol [pdf/405kb/2p]
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Crisis Control web site
Short-term assistance for individuals who face a financial crisis which impedes the fulfillment of basic life needs, including housing, utilities, food, and prescription medications.
Family Services web site
Comprehensive counseling services which include: pregnancy, individual, couple, stress, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, divorce, communication and crime victimization, as well as sexual assault and domestic violence counseling. Also provides adoption services and information.
Forsyth County Social Services
Forsyth County Department of Social Services
A complete line of services designed to assist with financial and medical needs, children and senior services, and assistance in finding work.
Hospice - Trellis and Supportive Care
Hospice Care Center web site
Bereavement support at no charge for one year following the death of a loved one. These services include both individual and group counseling, telephone contact, routine mailings, and educational workshops. Support groups are designed to bring together those who are experiencing similar loss issues, such as the death of a spouse, a parent, etc.
NC Department of Public Safety
North Carolina Department of Public Safety web site
News and updates on safety issues in NC with links to various state and government law enforcement agencies.
NC Victims Bill of Rights
North Carolina Victims Bill of Rights
Rights provided to victims of crime in North Carolina.
Offender Search web site
Search for offender records, download offender data, or view other types of offender information such as escapes, captures, or releases.
North Carolina SAVAN web site
SAVAN (Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification) helps victims of crime get custody status and court information about offenders. It is a free 24-hour per day service that is available in both English and Spanish. In addition, SAVAN automatically notifies registered victims of important events, such as release of an inmate or scheduled court events.
Sex Offender Registry
North Carolina Sex Offender Registry web site
Search for sex offenders within North Carolina.
North Carolina Victims Compensation web site
Reimbursement information for victims or families of victims of violent crimes.
Domestic Violence Unit, City of Winston-Salem
The Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) of the Winston-Salem Police Department assists victims and their families with any issues resulting from domestic violence. The DVU can assist with information regarding obtaining a restraining order, information regarding temporary shelter, or any other concerns regarding domestic violence. Please feel free to contact the DVU Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 336-773-7860 or 336-773-7741.