Jessica Wagner is currently the Law Enforcement Based Victim Specialist though SAVAR/CAC of Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc. and housed at Auburn Police Department. Her position was created in order to develop and implement a trauma informed care and best practice model to respond to victims by co-locating a Victim Specialist within the Department. A victim’s perceptions of the system can be influenced by the manner in which they are treated at the first response and during the follow-up investigation. How law enforcement agencies treat victims is a direct reflection of an agencies’ philosophy of policing and our core values.
Jessica has worked in the field of Victim Services for 4 years. She was involved with Transitional Housing and the Domestic Violence High Risk Team during her time with the local Domestic Violence Program. She has created many strong relationships with fellow community members and agencies to better serve victims.
Prior to this position, Jessica worked as a Juvenile Case Manager for Restorative Youth Services Collaboration (RYSC), Juvenile Special Supervision (JSS), and SAVAR’s Problematic Sexual Behavior Program. She was able to assist youth and families with connecting to services and supporting them through the criminal justice system.
The types of services that are available to victims of crime are:
Advocacy: Advocacy and support is available for victims throughout the criminal justice process.
Crime Victims Compensation: Crime victims are entitled to compensation through the Office of Victim Services. This may include lost wages, damaged property, medical costs, and counseling. The Victim Specialist will assist you in filling out and submitting the claim forms.
Information and Referrals: The Victim Specialist can provide victims of crime with information about community programs and make referrals when needed.
Emotional Support and Safety Services: The Victim Specialist is able to provide on scene crisis response, safety planning, and other crisis intervention services as well as provide referrals for free and confidential therapy services.
Criminal Justice Support and Advocacy: The Victim Specialist can provide accompaniment to court, advocate on behalf of clients with police, district attorney, family/criminal courts, parole, probation, campus security, VINE systems, and CPS.
All services are free and confidential.
If you or anybody you know can benefit from speaking with victim specialist, please don’t hesitate to contact Jessica, or refer to the attached pamphlet.
Jessica Wagner, Victim Specialist
Cell: 315 283-0600