If you have been a victim of a crime or witnessed a crime in progress, call 911.
If you have been a victim of a crime that does not require an emergency response, or if you desire to file a report of a crime call the Lyon County Sheriff's Office at (507) 537-7666 - 24 hours a day.
Crime Victims Rights
As a crime victim, you are afforded rights under MN Statute 611A.015.
- You have the right to apply for financial help for losses resulting from a violent crime. This assistance does not cover property losses. For application and information call (612)282-6256 or outside the Twin City area call 1 (800) 247-0390 or TDD 1 (612)282-6555.
- Under certain circumstances you have the right to request that the Lyon County Sheriff's Office withhold public access to data revealing your identity. MN Statute: 13.82 Subd. 17.
- You have the right, if an offender is charged, to be informed of and participate in the prosecution process, including the right to request restitution (money court ordered from the offender and paid to the victim).
- If you feel your rights as a victim have been violated, you can contact the MN Crime Victims Ombudsman's Office at 1 (612)282-6258 or 1 (800) 247-0390 or TDD 1 (612) 282-6555.
Domestic Assault Victim Rights
You can ask the county or city attorney to file a criminal complaint. You also have the right to go to court and file a petition requesting an Order for Protection from domestic abuse. The order may include the following:
- An order restraining the abuser from further acts of abuse.
- An order directing the abuser to leave your household.
- An order preventing the abuser from entering your home (or reasonable area around your home), school, business, or place of employment.
- An order awarding you or the other parent custody of / or visitation of your minor children.
- An order directing the abuser to pay support to you and the minor if the abuser has a court order indicating such.
You also have the right to notification if prosecution of the case is declined or criminal charges are dismissed.
You may call "Women's Rural Advocacy Programs (WRAP)" Crisis Line: (507) 532-2350 or 1 (800) 639-2350 for assistance in getting your Order for Protection.
Local Advocacy Programs
New Horizons Crisis Center
The mission of New Horizons Crisis Center includes but is not limited to, providing services and support for crime victims, advocacy for families, and educational programs in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, and Redwood Counties.
Women's Rural Advocacy Programs (WRAP)
Is a cooperative of Domestic Violence Community Advocacy programs serving southwestern Minnesota. One of the services they offer to battered women is providing information - about their situation, their options, and their rights.
Safe At Home Address Confidentiality Program
Safe at Home is a program offered by the Secretary of State’s office in collaboration with local victim service providers. This program became effective September 1, 2007 and is designed to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or others who fear for their safety establish a confidential address.
The intent of Safe at Home is to allow its participants to go about their lives, interacting with public and private entities, without leaving traces of where they really live in an attempt to keep their abuser from locating them. Safe at Home provides a mail forwarding service. Participants use an address that Safe at Home assigns them and their correspondence is forwarded to their actual mailing address, which is not disclosed. Safe at Home also accepts service of process on the participant’s behalf.