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VictimWitnessDivisionWWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEYPattyWheelerVictimWitnessDirectorDuluthOfceAnneFiskLoriUlviHibbingOfceElaineLeeVirginaOfceJaimeVarichakMinnesotalawprovidesmanyrightsorthevictimsocrimeandtheVictimWitnessdivisionisdedicatedtoadvisingvictimsothoserightsandsup-portingthemasjusticeissought.Thegoalovictimservicesistohelpeasethephysicalemotionalandfnancialhardshipscausedbycriminalvictimizationandtoreducetheconusionandinconveniencethatmaybecausedbyinvolvementinthecriminaljusticesystembyprovidingcomprehensiveservicestovictimsandwitnessesocrime.Theofcemakesinitialcontactwithavictimbyletterinormingthemothechargesfledagainsttheoender.Includedinthatletterisabrochureexplainingtheirrightsasavictimandarequestorthemtocalltheofcesothatadvocatescangetinputromthemandaddressanyquestionsorconcernstheymayhave.Statriestomakecontactwitheveryvictimbytelephone.During2013stahandledthousandsophonecallstextsandemailsromvictimsandwitnessesensuringthattheMinnesotaCrimeVictimsRightslawsareupheld.Otenvictimsareeelingaraidorconusedandwitnessesmightberus-tratedorevenangrywithasystemtheydonotunderstand.Howeverinormationaboutcourtadvocacynotifcationohearingdatestrialpreparationandamyriadootherissuesarecompetentlyandcompassionatelydealtwithbytheadvocates.EachotheSt.LouisCountyAttorneysofcesinDuluthHibbingandVirginiahasaVictimWitnessstamember.PattyWheeleristhedivisiondirector.Thedivisionisresponsibleorgettingvictimsandwitnessestocourtortrialswherethestaworksbehindthescenes.Thestahelpsfndwitnessesstaysincontactwiththemandinormsthemwhenthetryingoacasecanresultinschedulingchangeswhichcanoccurmultipletimesduringatrial.ThedivisionalsocoordinatestheYouthAccountabilityProgramwhichprovidesanalternativetodelinquencycourtorprosecution.Thegoalotheprogramistodevelopreasonablealternativestothejuvenilejusticesystemwhichreducecostsandcaseloadburdensonthecourts.7VICTIMWITNESSDIVISION