Being victimized by a crime, no matter how seemingly minor, can have significant financial, emotional and physical impacts. The Department aims to provide compassionate and professional service to all victims. Once a crime has been committed, victim(s) often have many questions about the criminal justice process. The following sections contain information on some of the many resources available to crime victims.
Wisconsin law provides victims of crime with special rights
The Wisconsin Constitution (Article I. Section 9m(2)) and Wis. Stat. Chapter 950 gives special rights to victims of crime. Some rights are automatic while others must be requested. The rights are listed on the reverse side of this form. Use the information on this form to discuss and clarify your rights with agencies you are in contact with about the case and to make your interests known.
A proposal to amend Article I, section 9m (Victims of Crime) has been approved by two consecutive legislative sessions (the 2017 and 2019 biennial sessions). On second consideration, the legislature approved a referendum question for the April 2020 statewide election ballot. With this vote, the voters ratified the proposed amendment.
Dane County District Attorney’s Office
All criminal investigations in which an arrest has been made or charges have been referred are handled by the Dane County District Attorney’s Office.
For general information regarding the District Attorney’s Office:
For information specific to crime victims including rights and how the court process works:
District Attorney’s Victim Witness Unit
For information specific to domestic violence crimes:
District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit
For information on obtaining a restraining order:
Dane County Sheriff’s Office
All individuals arrested by the Town of Madison Police Department are transported to the Dane County Jail. Once turned over to the jail, arrested persons may be able to be released after posting bail or they could be kept in custody until their initial court appearance.
For information regarding the Dane County Jail:
Dane County Jail
To search for an inmate or to be notified of an inmate’s release:
State of Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Victim Resources
Department of Justice Office of Crime Victim Services has numerous resources and information available for crime victims: WI DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services
Additional Dane County Resources
Dane County Human Services Child Abuse & Neglect
Dane County District Attorney’s Office Crime Response Program
Dane County District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Unit
Dane County Rape Crisis Center
608-251-7273 (24 hr)
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Journey Mental Health
24-Hour Emergency & Crisis Line (608) 280-2600
Unidos Against Domestic Violence
United Way 211 Helpline
(608) 246-4357 (Information)
Local Resources List for Victims
Other Crime Prevention/Reporting Numbers
Crime Stoppers: 608-266-6014
Town of Madison Police Tipster Line (Tape Recorded): 608-661-8477