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The Victim Advocate for the Brentwood Police Department is Amy Crossland. Ms. Crossland has over six years of experience working in the criminal justice system, a majority of which was in the District Attorney’s Office serving as the Assistant Victim Witness Coordinator for Williamson County. During this time, she served victims and witnesses of crimes, including: domestic violence, home invasions, robberies, thefts, rape and sexual abuse, vehicular homicides, and murders. Services she provided included assessment of needs, counseling, education and support throughout the court process, advocacy for vulnerable populations, referral to needed services, and coordination with community providers to ensure victim protection and safety. Ms. Crossland is passionate about serving, educating, and supporting victims, witnesses, and survivors of crime. 

Amy Crossland
Victim Advocate
Amy Crossland

Ms. Crossland is currently an Assistant Professor at Lipscomb University in the Department of Social Work and Sociology.  Her passion for helping victims and those in need led her to work pro bono for the Brentwood Police Department as the first and only Victim Advocate for the department.  In this role, Ms. Crossland contacts those who have been victims of crime in the City of Brentwood and who may be especially vulnerable.  She aids these special victims in assessing their needs, navigating through the court process, and helping those that may need additional services such as counseling.    

The Brentwood Police Department is fortunate to have an experienced victim advocate who volunteers her time.

 

Victim’s Rights are mandated by Title 40, Chapter 38 of the Tennessee State Law and Article I Sec. 35 of the Tennessee Constitution. Members of the Brentwood Police Department shall be familiar with the Tennessee Victims’ Bill of Rights (T.C.A. Title 40 Chapter 38 Part I) and the Rights of Victims of Crimes (Tennessee Constitution Article I Sec. 35) and shall treat all victims of crime, and witnesses, with compassion and dignity, and shall afford them all rights set forth in these laws.

Rights of victims of crimes – Tennessee Constitution Article I Sec. 35

To preserve and protect the rights of victims of crime to justice and due process, victims shall be entitled to the following basic rights:

  • The right to confer with the prosecution.
  • The right to be free from intimidation, harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice system.
  • The right to be present at all proceedings where the defendant has the right to be present.
  • The right to be heard, when relevant, at all critical stages of the criminal justice process as defined by General Assembly.
  • The right to be informed of all proceedings, and of the release, transfer or escape of the accused or convicted person.
  • The right to a speedy trial or disposition and a prompt and final conclusion of the case after the conviction or sentence.
  • The right to restitution from the offender.
  • The right to be informed of each of the rights established for victims.

VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICE AGENCIES

Agency
Brentwood Police Department
5211 Maryland Way
P. O. Box 788
Brentwood, Tennessee 37024-0788
Phone: 615-371-0160
Assistance/Services 
    • Criminal investigations 
    • Transportation for victim/witness if necessary 
    • Protection of victim/witnesses if necessary 
    • Contact point for referral to other service agencies 
    • Victim Advocacy support by Brentwood Police Victim Advocate

Agency
District Attorney's Office
Victim/Witness Coordinator's Office
P. O. Box 937
421 Main Ste 102
Franklin, Tennessee 37065
Phone 615-794-7275 Fax: 615-794-7299
Victim/Witness Coordinator – Stokey Bourque 615-790-4433 (Direct Line)
Assistance/Services 
    • Assistance in preparation for court appearance 
    • Case coordination between all parties and agencies involved 
    • Assistance in obtaining financial restitution 
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance 
    • Travel and accommodations as necessary for victim/witnesses

Agency
Williamson County Department of Children Services
1810 Columbia Ave. Ste 18
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-5965 Fax: 615-790-5530
Assistance/Services 
    • Matters involving neglect/abuse of minors 
    • Placement of minor victims into care and custody 
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance

Agency
The Guidance Center
1915 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-794-9973 Fax: 615-794-9961
Assistance/Services 
    • Mental health counseling and support 
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance

Agency
My Friends House
626 East View Circle
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-8919 (preferred) or 615-790-8553 Fax: 615-790-6377
Assistance/Services 
      • Shelter for Abused and Neglected Kids

Agency
American Red Cross
Natchez Trace Chapter
Director: Tonie Reynolds
129 W. Fowlkes St. STE 100
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-5785 Fax: 615-790-5896
615-944-9335 (Emergency Only- on call personnel)
Assistance/Services 
    • Immediate emergency assistance such as food, clothing, temporary shelter and medicine for persons affected by disaster

Agencies
Williamson County General Sessions/Circuit Court Clerks
Williamson County Courthouse
135 4th Avenue South
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-5454
Assistance/Services 
    • Court and trial related information

Agency
Williamson County Juvenile Services
Criminal Justice Center
408 Century Court
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-5812 Fax: 615-790-5487
Assistance/Services 
    • All matters involving juvenile offenders

Agency
Department of Treasury
Division of Claims Administration
Criminal Injuries Compensation
502 Deaderick St.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: 615-741-2734 Fax: 615-532-4979
Assistance/Services 
    • Financial compensation for innocent victims of violent crimes

Agency
Sexual Assault Center
101 French Landing Dr
Nashville, Tennessee 37228
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
24 Hour Crisis Line 1-800-879-1999
Phone: 615-259-9055 Fax: 244-6855 Confidential Fax: 615-259-9056
Assistance/Services 
    • Counsel and support for rape victims 
    • Assistance in reporting rape to law enforcement

Agency
YWCA Shelter and Domestic Violence Program
1608 Woodmont Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37215
State Hotline 1-800-356-6767
Phone: 615-242-1199 or 800-334-4628
Assistance/Services 
    • Counseling, support, and shelter for domestic violence victims 
 

Last updated: 11/10/2014 8:26:21 AM