Victim Services

Victim Services

Role of the Victim Advocate:

To ensure that all victims and/or witnesses of criminal offenses are provided their constitutional rights as established by SC legislation S.616, known as the Victims Bill of Rights.  Assist victims and witnesses as they are processed through the law enforcement system and maintain accurate records through the Victim/Witness Database within the Victim Services Unit.  Be available for crime scene assistance, support to victims/witnesses and law enforcement.  Read and assess all incident reports to identify victim/witnesses with possible needs.  Make in-person, telephone, or written contact with such victims/witnesses.  Assist victims/witnesses by completing forms, provide emotional and crisis intervention, accompany to court hearings at their request, notify court proceedings through disposition in summary court.  Provide mandated information and reports to agencies.  Provide victims/witnesses with information and contacts to local or state resources.  Assist in getting the necessary support from other agencies through referrals.  Maintain an open line of communication within the police department and other agencies.

Our Bilingual Victim Advocate has the ability to provide assistance to the Hispanic Community by serving as a translator for the Police Department; assist victims and witnesses with completing forms, translate verbal or written statements; translate for victims at court hearing or with other agencies; offer crises intervention; refer to other agencies that provide assistance in Spanish; ensure Hispanic victims and witnesses are aware of the SC Victims Bill of Rights; and represent the Police Department within the Hispanic Community.

The Victim's Advocate for the City of Simpsonville is Milena Banquez.  Milena Banquez is a native of Barranquilla Colombia and she has been with the Simpsonville Police Department since 2005.  Ms. Banquez is a certified Victim Advocate by the State of South Carolina Victim Assistance Academy.  Ms. Banquez is OVSEC certified and a member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Victim Advocate Association (SCLEVA).  Ms. Banquez is a full time Victim's Advocate.

Child Car Seat Technician- Milena Banquez is a certified Car Seat Technician in the State of SC.  On every Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm, she is available for walk-in's at the police department.  With that said, her priority goes to persons that pre-schedule appointments, so walk-in's may have to wait.When arriving for your installation please enter in the downstairs entrance to the police department.

Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) Victim's Meetings- The Simpsonville Police Department started a program that has a basic mission to combat against Criminal Domestic Violence [CDV] by promoting, preventing and alerting the community to take action through education and public awareness.  On the third Friday of each month the Simpsonville Police Department will host a meeting at 10:00am in the courtroom (405 East Curtis Street Simpsonville, SC 29681).  The meeting is open to victims of domestic violence.  It is not only limited to those that reported the domestic violence, but also to those who have not reported it and need to know what resources are available to them.

The Simpsonville Police Department Victim Services unit provides 24-hour assistance to the victim(s) of crime(s).

Victim Resources:
Safe Harbor
Compass of Carolina
SOVA
SCVAN
CVO
SC Sex Offender Registry
National Center for Victims of Crime
Wireless Amber Alerts
Victims’ Rights Act

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Milena Banquez
Bilingual Victim Advocate
864-967-9536 or 864-963-3099
mbanquez@simpsonvillepd.com

 

 

Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV) Victim's Meetings:

 

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