Victim Assistance

Lake County State’s Attorney Office led by State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim sets serving victims of crime as one of his main priorities. Victim input and witness testimony is essential to successful prosecution of criminal cases. Providing victims with information and social service referrals is a responsibility mandated by the Illinois Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act and is taken seriously.

The Lake County State’s Attorney Victim Assistance Unit was created in 1982 to serve crime victims and to assure that the rights of victims are enforced. It now consists of fourteen experienced professional coordinators who assist violent and non violent crime victims in Traffic, Misdemeanor, Felony Review, Juvenile, and Felony Trial Divisions of the office. The Victim Witness Assistance Unit of the Lake County State’s Attorney Office have specially trained and experienced professionals assigned to assist all violent crime victims. Coordinators assist violent and non-violent crimes i.e.:
  • Murders
  • Armed violence
  • Aggravated battery
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Reckless homicide
  • Aggravated DUI
  • Elder abuse,
  • Identity theft
  • Misdemeanors, etc.