Victim Witness Program

 The primary purpose of the Victim/Witness Program is to provide information, referral and support to citizens and law enforcement officers of Portage County who have been victims of or witnesses to crimes and to ensure that the services specified under Chapter 950 of the Wisconsin Statutes are made available to them.  The Victim/Witness Coordinators maintain contact with victims and witnesses to update them on case progress in the criminal justice system. 

Some of the services provided are as follows:

  • Information about how the criminal justice system works.

  • Specific information and updates on the case concerning the crime victim, including case progress and disposition.

  • Escort service to court appearances.

  • Notification of suspect escape and release from custody from the county jail

  • Assistance to apply for Crime Victim Compensation Program.

  • Assistance to apply for restitution from defendant.

  • Assistance to prepare for testifying.

  • Assistant to prepare a Victim Impact Statement prior to sentencing.

  • Information and referral to sources of counseling and support groups.

  • Notice of court hearing cancellations and rescheduling.

  • Provide safe and secure area while attending court proceedings.


Victim's Rights Request Form

Restitution Information Form

Victim Impact Statement


You can follow your case on the Internet at

If the defendant(s) in your case remains in custody you can request to be notified of release or custody changes by registering on VINELink at or by calling 1-888-944-8463.


Links to help Portage County Victims & Witness:

Wisconsin Department of Justice 


Office of Crime Victim Services: