When you call 800.656.HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider.
Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including:
The following are available resources for victims and witnesses:
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family - provides safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family 24-hour Crisis Line: 800-410-7233 or 319-352-0037
Child Abuse - If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected:
Iowa Sex Offender Registrant Watch - provides 24 hour access to sex offender registrant information online. It also allows the ability to verify a registered sex offender's location and other characteristics including a photo. Registrant Watch provides crime victims and other interested parties the ability to be automatically notified by phone or email about changes in the location or identification information of a registered sex offender.
Victims can receive automated notification 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year by telephone, the Internet, or email. By telephone, victims can always contact a live operator who is trained in victim services by calling 888-742-8463.
The State of Iowa pays for the sexual assault examination regardless of whether the victim reports the crime to law enforcement. The purpose of this policy is to ensure that prosecutors and law enforcement officers will have evidence efficiently and effectively collected if the victim later reports that crime.
Neither a victim, nor the the victim's insurance company, should be billed. Hospitals, physicians and other medical providers who collect and process evidence of sexual abuse submit bills directly to the Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program. In the event that a victim is erroneously billed and pays for the cost of the evidence collection, the program will reimburse that victim.
Funds for the Sexual Abuse Examination Payment Program come from the Compensation Fund. That fund is comprised entirely of fines and penalties paid by convicted criminals.
Telephone: 515-281-5044 or 800-373-5044 (Iowa Attorney General's Office)
Iowa Victim Information & Notification Everyday (IowaVINE) - a free and anonymous telephone service that provides victims of crime two important features: information and notification. Across the state, crime victims and other concerned parties use IowaVINE for access to timely and reliable information about the custody status of an offender. Victims can receive automated notification by telephone, the Internet, or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. By telephone, victims can always contact a live operator who is trained in victim services.
Registrant Watch works by transmitting near real-time information from the Iowa Sex Offender Registry database system to the Registrant Watch Service. Crime victims and other interested parties can access the information visiting the Iowa Sex Offender Registry website any time day or night or calling 515-725-6050. Victims can inquire where a registrant is located, as well as information on other identifying characteristics, and register to receive automated notifications via phone, text or email when this information is updated.
Iowa Victim Services Support Programs - The Victim Services Support Program provides funding to programs providing services to victims of crime. This site has a list of the currently funded programs.
Waypoint Services - Waypoint Services has a mission to strengthen and empower individuals who are homeless, living in poverty, or victims of domestic violence; and give children access to gaining the essential skills vital to reaching their full potential through quality child care.
Waypoint Services 24/7 Support Line: 319-363-2093 or 800-208-0388
And every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.
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