Montana Department of Corrections Victim Services implements person-centered, trauma-informed strategies to assist victims of crime who have experienced traumatic events. MDOC recognizes ongoing interaction with the criminal justice system, including events while the offender is under the supervision of MDOC, can re-trigger trauma.
MDOC Victim Services Offered
- Victim Notification & Information
- Services to victims throughout offender's correctional sentence
- Assistance navigating the system
- Opportunity for input, voice concerns
- Facility Services
- Cease-correspondence- stop unwanted contact
- Special condition requests
- Information referral
- Consultant for facility staff
- Release planning
- Safety planning
- Transition plans
- Collaboration with other criminal justice staff
- Information Regarding Restitution Payments if applicable
- Assistance with Victim Impact Statements and Pecuniary Loss Affidavit’s
- DOC Victim Impact Statement Guide
- DOC Victim Impact Guide for Children
- Pecuniary Loss Affidavit Form
- Providing Victim/Witness Advocacy
- Accompaniment at Board of Pardons and Parole hearings
- Information about other criminal justice and corrections agencies involved in victim's case
- Referrals to resources for specialized services
- Training, education and public awareness
- Assistance with Orders of Protection, Parenting Plans and other civil legal paperwork
- Crisis Intervention
- Develop collaborative partnerships with victims, victim advocates, criminal justice agencies, community-based organizations and other community members
- Victim Restorative Justice Opportunities
- Victim Offender Dialogue
- Victim Impact Panel
- Offender apology letters
Please note the DOC does not offer financial assistance for safety planning.
We are not licensed attorney’s, nor do we practice law. Assistance with legal documents is in relation to navigating the system.
Core Principles of Trauma Informed Care
- Awareness: Everyone knows the role of trauma
- Safety: Ensuring physical and emotional safety
- Trustworthiness: Maximizing trustworthiness, making tasks clear, and maintaining appropriate boundaries
- Choice: Respect and prioritize victim choice and control
- Collaboration: Maximizing collaboration and sharing of options and resources with victims
- Empowerment: Prioritizing victim empowerment and skill-building
Family Group Team Meetings:
FGTM is a victim wrap-around meeting that brings together the victim, his or her support person(s), DOC staff members, and relevant community partners in a collaborative effort to develop a personalized safety plan for the victim and his or her family. The Victim Liaison facilitates this meeting at the request of the victim.
If you receive unwanted contact from an incarcerated person, a person being supervised in the community by the Montana Department of Corrections, or from anyone else on behalf of a person who is currently under the supervision of Department of Corrections, please contact the Victim Services Program. We will assist in taking measures to stop the contact.
Examples of unwanted contact include:
- Phone calls, email messages, or letters from a person who is prohibited by court order from communicating with you or another member of your household;
- Phone calls, email messages, or letters from a person that are threatening, harassing, intimidating, or persistently annoying;
- Phone calls, email messages, or letters that continue after you have told the person to stop communicating with you;
- Communication that comes to you from someone that you believe is acting on behalf of a person under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections, and that you find to be threatening, harassing or intimidating, or that is in violation of a court order.
You are under no obligation to continue to accept communication that makes you afraid or upset, or that interferes with your ability to manage your own life, from someone incarcerated in a Department of Corrections prison facility, or living in the community under the supervision of the Department of Corrections. If this is happening to you, please let us know.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED UNWANTED CONTACT IN THE FORM OF VOICEMAIL MESSAGES OR WRITTEN MESSAGES – INCLUDING LETTERS, EMAILS, TEXT MESSAGES, MESSAGES THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA – PLEASE DO NOT DISCARD, DESTROY OR DELETE THEM. WHILE HAVING THIS TANGIBLE EVIDENCE IS NOT NECESSARY FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO TAKE STEPS TO STOP THE CONTACT, IT CAN BE USEFUL IN HOLDING THE APPROPRIATE PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR CONTINUED VIOLATIONS OF COURT ORDERS AND IMPOSED CONDITIONS.
For Order of Protection forms, visit the Montana Department of Justice Office of Victim Services. You may also contact your Community Victim Liaison for assistance.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN THREATENED OR ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.
You are not alone. If you require assistance to develop a safety plan, please contact a Victim Liaison. VLs are highly trained professionals that can assisting you in developing and implementing a Safety Plan and identifying helpful, local resources.
Department of Corrections Safety Plan Guide
The Ultimate Safety Guide for Seniors
We understand that some victims wish to remain anonymous due to safety concerns. We take seriously your need for confidentiality and we do not share victim information with offenders. Without your current contact information, however, we cannot notify you about important custody changes that may affect you, such as the offender’s release from prison or placement in your community
If you have any concerns, please call the Department of Corrections Victims Services or locate your local Community Victim Liaison. Please remember, you are not alone and there is help available for you.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN THREATENED OR ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT.