Krista Cooper is the Victim Advocate for the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety. She has been with the department for more than 15 years. She graduated from the University of Florida and then received a degree in Paralegal Studies with Honors at Rollins College in Orlando. She moved to North Myrtle Beach in 1997 and worked at a law firm for several years before joining the department. She is a Certified Victim Assistance Specialist through the Victim Assistance Standards and Certification Board and a member of the Law Enforcement Victim Advocate Association. She also attends Victims Rights Week every year to stay current on her continuing education. Krista has involvement in all criminal cases that come into the Department that include a victim. Some examples of cases she works on include domestic violence, sexual assault, murder, harassment and stalking, larceny, burglary, and assault and battery.
The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety has a victim advocate on staff as mandated by South Carolina law to provide assistance and comply with the Victim’s Bill of Rights, Act 343. The victim advocate notifies victims of all hearings and pertinent dates regarding their case where a defendant has been arrested for a crime committed against them. The VA attends bond hearings and court appearances with victims to ensure they are being represented and heard in the criminal justice system. The VA makes sure the victim receives any restitution, medical payments, funeral or burial expenses, and counseling, through either the court system or The State Office of Victim Assistance. Victims of crime sometimes find themselves in situations where they may be displaced or without their daily needs met so the VA can help secure temporary housing, clothing or food for them. The VA also helps if someone needs an Order of Protection or sanctions if the defendant is in violation of bond restrictions. The VA provides transportation to those who cannot get to court, and in some cases places such as the airport, bus station, or a shelter. The victim advocate also assists the department when individuals experience natural disasters such as fire or flood and are displaced from their homes to recover from the disaster. The VA speaks at clubs and community organizations to educate the North Myrtle Beach population about the victim assistance program at the Department of Public safety and also explain the dynamics of domestic violence and its effect on our community. The VA maintains certification standards and attends annual training on domestic violence, sexual assaults, and new legislative initiatives. Continued training ensures that the victim advocate is constantly learning new ways to assist victims and maintain a network of community and social service resource referrals. The victim advocate ensures that residents and visitors to our city who unfortunately become victims to crime are kept informed of their rights and ways to exercise those rights as provided by the South Carolina Constitution.
The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety Victim‘s Advocate Office is responsible for assisting victims of crime. A Victim’s Advocate is on-call 24 hours a day to ensure there is help for a victim in times of crisis. The following service are offered through the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety Victim’s Advocate Office:
Familiarization with the Criminal Justice System
Preparation for court appearances
Support while attending court
Referral to community resources
Assistance in seeking restitution and reimbursement
Assistance in filling orders of protection and restraining orders
Other local and state resources for victims include:
An office of the Governor, SOVA works to inform victims of their rights and provides training to local and state agency service providers who work with victims on a day-to-day basis. The SOVA website offers information regarding victim’s rights and victim assistance through the Crime Compensation Fund.
The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) is a statewide coalition made up of the 23 domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy organizations in South Carolina. Since 1981, SCCADVASA has been a leader in representing the critical needs of survivors and their families.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Victim Advocates Association is a nonprofit organization duly organized under the laws of the State of South Carolina. They are professionals trained to support crime victims and proudly serve in our state’s law enforcement agencies to uphold the rights of those inflicted with unspeakable injustice.
The primary mission of the State Law Enforcement Division is to provide quality manpower and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies and to conduct investigations on behalf of the state as directed by the Governor and Attorney General.
DJJ is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state’s children who are incarcerated, on probation or parole, or in community placement for a criminal or status offense. Our goal at DJJ is to protect the public and reclaim juveniles through prevention, community programs, education, and rehabilitative services in the least restrictive environment possible. We welcome you to our website, and invite you to learn more about DJJ and what we do for the communities, citizens, and children of South Carolina.
VINELink is an online portal to VINE, America’s number one victim notification network. VINE has been providing victims and concerned citizens with the power of information for decades, allowing these individuals to have the sense of security that they deserve. VINELink can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide the most reliable information for custody status changes and criminal case information.
Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties is a unique collaboration of community partners and agencies working together to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. This Family Justice Center model has been identified as a best practice in the field of criminal domestic violence intervention and prevention services.