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Victim's Right to Know

Your Right To Know

State law provides basic rights for victims of violent crime and prohibits harming or threatening to harm a witness or a prospective witness. To that end, The University of Texas at Arlington Police Department makes certain information, services and service referrals available to victims of violent and non-violent crimes.

The information includes, but is not limited to:

  1. The incident or offense number;
  2. Crime Victim Compensation Application for victims of violent crimes;
  3. Applicable available services such as counseling, medical attention, compensation programs or emergency financial assistance and victim advocacy;
  4. A telephone number where additional information about the case may be reported or information about the status of the case may be obtained;
  5. Advice on what to do if the suspect, suspect’s companion(s) or the suspect’s family threatens or intimidates the victim or witness; and
  6. Subsequent steps in the processing of the case.

UTA PD Criminal Investigations personnel will provide the following services during the investigation:

  1. Follow-up with the victim/witness periodically to determine whether his or her needs are being met;
  2. Explain to victims/witnesses the procedures involved in the prosecution of their cases and their role, provided there is no danger to the successful prosecution of the case;
  3. Schedule line-ups, interviews and other required appearances at the convenience of the victim/witness and where possible providing transportation;
  4. Return victim/witness property taken as evidence as permitted by law or rules of evidence;
  5. Assign a victim advocate to the victim/witness during the follow-up investigation, when possible;
  6. Notify victim/witnesses of the suspect's arrest, charges and custody status on a timely basis, when possible;
  7. Provide the victim/witness the number to Texas Vine (Victim Information and Notification Every Day) at 1-877-TX4-VINE or 1-877-894-8463. The statewide system provides basic information on jailed suspects/offenders and changes in jail status and court events on a timely basis;
  8. Make such notifications in a timely manner; and
  9. Keep confidential the role of the victim/witness as permitted by law.

If you are a victim of or a witness to crime, help is available:

Campus emergency numbers:

  • UTA Police Department, 817-272-3003
  • Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention 24-hour hotline, 817-272-0260

Non-emergency numbers:

  • UTA Police Department, 817-272-3381
  • Counseling Services, 817-272-3671
  • Health Services, 817-272-2771
  • Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program, 817-272-9250

Off campus emergency numbers:

  • SafeHaven of Tarrant County (women’s shelter) 24-hour hotline, 877-701-7233
  • Women’s Center Rape Crisis 24-hour hotline, 817-927-2737
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline, 800-656-HOPE or 800-656-4673
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800-799-SAFE or 800-799-7233 (TTY - 800-787-32240)

Non-emergency numbers

  • Arlington Police Department Victim Services, 817-459-5339
  • Fort Worth Police Department Victim’s Assistance, 817-392-4390
  • Texas Vine, 1-877-TX4-VINE (1-877-894-8463)

Emergency or crime in progress: Dial 817-272-3003 //
Report a crime or non-emergency: Dial 817-272-3381