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Click here for general information about the options victims are entitled to under law;

  • A complete list of victims' rights by law in Wisconsin can be found on the second page of this document
           According to Wisconsin Statute Chapter 950

In Wisconsin, crime victims are entitled to certain free services. You do not necessarily have to make a formal police complaint to receive services. They include:

  • Medical Assistance for victims of sexual assault
  • Compensation
    • Wisconsin crime victim compensation fund
      • Wisconsin provides victims or victim's families with compensation to cover costs incurred by crimes committed against them. 
      • Am I eligible? 
        • The crime against you must be reported to law enforcement within 5 days of when the crime occurred, or when the crime could reasonably have been reported. (this requirement may be waived).
        • The applicant must file a claim within one year of the date of the crime (this requirement may be waived).
      • Victims/families of victims may receive up to $40,000, and up to four years of out of pocket expenses that are not paid or payable by insurance or other public sources (or the offender). 
      • Eligible expenses include: 
        • Medical expenses;
        • Counseling expenses;
        • Wages lost due to medical disability;
        • Reasonable replacement of damaged possessions as a result of the crime;
        • Cost for securing/cleaning the crime scene.
      • Click here to learn more.
  • Restraining order
    • A restraining order is a court order that orders someone not to hurt you, to stay away from you, move out of the house, have no contact with you, or stop harassing you, etc.
      • To begin the process of requesting a temporary restraining order (TRO) in Waukesha County click here.
      • For more information on TRO's in Wisconsin, click here
    • If you need assistance filing a TRO, contact a legal advocate at The Women's Center (262) 547-4600 or (262) 896-8243.
  • Privacy
    • Private address for victims of threatened or actual domestic violence, stalking, and sexual abuse. Click here to learn about Wisconsin's Safe at Home privacy law.
    • To have your information removed from the mycarrollu.edu portal, fill out the form: Instruction to withhold the release of non-confidential information. Once completed, print and return to the Registrar's office, located on the 1st floor of Vorhees, 262-524-7208. 
  • Find an attorney by calling (800) 362-9082 or clicking here to help navigate the civil or criminal legal system including:
    • Temporary Restraining Orders 
    • Rights of victims of crime
  • Find a legal advocate at The Women's Center to help you report to the police or navigate any criminal proceedings. (262) 547-4600 or (262) 896-8243

Sexual AssaultChapter 940.225

Crimes Against Life and Bodily SecurityChapter 940

StalkingChapter 940.32

Sexual Harassment - Chapter 111.31

Domestic Violence - Chapter 968.075

Assault (Battery) - Chapter 940.19

Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Report a Crime

File a criminal complaint with the Waukesha Police Department:

  • 262-524-3831
  • 1901 Delafield Street
    Waukesha, WI 53188
  • police@waukesha-wi.gov
  • Click here for more information. 

What happens if I report to the police? 

  • You will talk to a police officer on the phone or in person.
  • They will ask you for some of the details of the incident including who, what, where, and when. You may choose which questions you answer. However, the amount of information you are able to give may determine whether the Department can file a criminal charge. 
  • The police officer(s) may ask you several questions and then ask you to talk to another police officer. This is because there are patrol officers, who act as the first responders, and then there are special units that handle different cases, including detectives and the sensitive crimes unit.
  • The police officer may ask you questions that make you feel like they don't believe you. 
    • Unfortunately, this is the experience of many victims. However, it is not because an officer doesn't believe you that they ask you questions, it is an attempt to understand, not to blame. 
      • Example: An officer may ask if you were intoxicated at the time of the incident. This question isn't meant to blame you or rationalize what happened, rather the answer may inform how the police proceed in their investigation. 
      • Example: An officer may ask if you had previous sexual relations with the person who committed the misconduct/crime. This question does not justify the respondent's behavior or raise questions about your character, rather it helps understand the dynamic between a victim and perpetrator, and therefore, how to proceed with the investigation. 
  • If the officers assigned to the case determine there is enough initial evidence to recommend the case for prosecution, then the District Attorney's Office will review the case.
  • If the District Attorney's office agrees that there is enough evidence, they will file a criminal complaint. The criminal complaint lists what a person is charged with and includes the date of Initial Appearance in Court. 
    • According to Wisconsin Statute Chapter 950, you have the right to be informed of court proceedings and whether there is the option of a plea bargain. 
  • The initial appearance will end in one of two ways:
    • A plea of guilty or no contest, where the criminal defendant comes to an agreement with the District Attorney about the charge and sentencing. The step after that is sentencing.
    • A plea of "not guilty" or "not guilty by reason of mental disease" where the court will schedule a series of hearings, status conferences, and if the case is not dismissed, a trial. If the criminal defendant is found guilty, then the court will also schedule a sentencing hearing. 
    • According to Wisconsin Statutes 950.04(1v)(m) and 972.14(3)(a), victims of crime have the right to provide a victim witness impact statement at sentencing either in person or in writing to be read during the hearing. 

For more information on understanding the criminal justice system, click here

Note: You may contact the Waukesha Women's Center Legal Advocate (confidential) 262-547-4600 or 262-896-8243 or Carroll's Office of Victim Services 262-524-7099, or ovs@carrollu.edu (not confidential) if you want assistance in the criminal reporting process.

Report a Carroll Policy Violation

You may report an incident of University policy violation or crime to a Carroll University employee. Formal reporting means that only individuals who need to know will be told and information will be shared only as necessary with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual.

If you experienced any form of sexual misconduct, contact the Office of Victim Services, the Office of Student Affairs, or the Office of Human Resources for options and procedures available.
 
Incidents involving students will be investigated by the Office of Student Affairs and/or the Office of Human Resources if the incident involved a student and a faculty and/or staff member.

Depending on whom the alleged harasser may be (faculty, staff, administrator, or student) different procedures will apply to resolve the incident.  Disciplinary action may be taken whether or not criminal charges are filed and without regard to whether the conduct occurred on or off campus. For more information, click here.

To make a report, click here or contact: 

For a list of confidential reporting options, click here

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