Victims of domestic violence and abuse not only carry with them the trauma of their experience. They also wake up every morning afraid of the possibility of encountering their offender again.
If their offender has been arrested, they fear he might make bail, get released, and find them. The unknown can be oppressive, rendering victims always a little wary and robbing them of peace of mind. They don’t always know that they have a fundamental right to be regularly updated about their offender’s incarceration status. They have a right to knowledge and tranquility.
Victims don’t have to remain afraid of the unknown. VINE is the nation’s largest victim notification platform, and it alerts victims when their offender has been released from jail or even moved to another facility. Through VINE, victims have access to immediate notifications about their offender’s status and 24-hour support through Appriss’ call center.
When they stay informed about their offender’s whereabouts, victims don’t have to worry about being re-victimized and don’t have to wonder whether their safety is at risk.
– Anna Nassett, an emerging international speaker and survivor of stalking and assault
Years of informing victims and keeping them safe
Offender Searches last year on VINELink.com
Notifications sent by VINE each year
States offer VINE as a resource to survivors
For more than a quarter-century, Appriss has been protecting and informing victims through VINE. In 1993, Mary Byron was killed by her former partner because she was not informed of his release from jail. Since then, VINE has made it its mission to make sure millions of victims all over the United States find empowerment through regular updates about their offender’s incarceration status.
Victims talk about how VINE helps give them their lives back, enabling them to find freedom and agency.
24/7/365 access to the VINE call center, operated by 80 highly trained victim service professionals.
Automated notifications for upcoming hearings, date and location changes, postponements, cancellations, and other critical events
Automated letter generation, as well as electronic subpoena issuance
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