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Victim & Witness Rights

Victim’s Rights are mandated by Title 40, Chapter 38 of the Tennessee State Law and Article I Sec. 35 of the Tennessee Constitution. Members of the Cleveland Police Department shall be familiar with the Tennessee Victims’ Bill of Rights (T.C.A. Title 40 Chapter 38 Part I) and the Rights of Victims of Crimes (Tennessee Constitution Article I Sec. 35) and shall treat all victims of crime, and witnesses, with compassion and dignity, and shall afford them all rights set forth in these laws. 


Rights of victims of crimes – Tennessee Constitution Article I Sec. 35

To preserve and protect the rights of victims of crime to justice and due process, victims shall be entitled to the following basic rights:

  • The right to confer with the prosecution.
  • The right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice system.
  • The right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present.
  • The right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by General Assembly.
  • The right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person.
  • The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence.
  • The right to restitution from the offender.
  • The right to be informed of each of the rights established for victims.


VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICE AGENCIES


  • Cleveland Police Department 
    100 Church Street NE 
    Cleveland, Tennessee 37311 
    423-476-1121
    Assistance/Services
    • Criminal investigations
    • Transportation for victim/witness if necessary
    • Protection of victim/witnesses if necessary
    • Contact point for referral to other service agencies
    • District Attorney's Office

  • 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office - Victim/Witness Coordinator's Office 
    93 N. Ocoee Street
    Cleveland, Tennessee 37311 
    423-472-2179
    Assistance/Services
    • Assistance in preparation for court appearance
    • Case coordination between all parties and agencies involved
    • Assistance in obtaining financial restitution
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance
      Travel and accommodations as necessary for victim/witnesses

  • Bradley County Department of Children Services 
    2703 Commerce Drive 
    Cleveland, Tennessee 37311 
    423-478-0351
    Assistance/Services
    • Matters involving neglect/abuse of minors
    • Placement of minor victims into care and custody
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance

  • Hiwassee Mental Health Center 
    940 S. Ocoee Street
    Cleveland, Tennessee 37311 
    423-479-5454
    Assistance/Services
    • Mental health counseling and support
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance

  • Children’s Advocacy Center 
    2600 Executive Park Drive
    Cleveland, Tennessee 37312 
    423-790-5740
    Assistance/Services
    • Counseling for Abused and Neglected Kids
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance

  • American Red Cross 
    304 20th Street SE 
    Cleveland, Tennessee 37311
    423-472-1595
    Assistance/Services
    • Immediate emergency assistance such as food, clothing, temporary shelter and medicine for persons affected by disaster

  • Bradley County General Sessions/Criminal Court Clerks 
    Bradley County Justice Center
    2250 Blythe Avenue SE
    Cleveland, Tennessee 37311 
    423-728-7049
    Assistance/Services
    • Court and trial related information

  • Bradley County Juvenile Office
    Juvenile Justice Center
    1620 Johnson Boulevard 
    Cleveland, Tennessee 37311 
    423-728-7257
    Assistance/Services
    • All matters involving juvenile offenders

  • Department of Treasury 
    Division of Claims Administration 
    Criminal Injuries Compensation 
    9th Floor, Andrew Jackson Building 
    Nashville, Tennessee 37219 
    615-741-2734 
    Assistance/Services
    • Financial compensation for innocent victims of violent crimes

  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Center 
    101 French Landing Dr 
    Nashville, Tennessee 37228 
    24 Hour Crisis Line 
    1-800-879-1999 
    259-9055 
    Assistance/Services
    • Counsel and support for rape victims
    • Assistance in reporting rape to law enforcement

  • Harbor Safe House 
    423-476-3886 
    Assistance/Services
    • Counseling, support, and shelter for domestic violence victims