Office of Crime Victim Services
If you are the victim of a crime, the Office of Crime Victim Services (OCVS) is here to help. OCVS houses many resources and programs for crime victims, family and friends, and professionals in the victim service field.
Justice isn’t served until crime victims are.
Visit the Crime Victim Compensation page for more information on compensation available for certain financial losses after the crime.
Safe at Home: Wisconsin’s Address Confidentiality Program is a resource for those who fear for their safety to be able to maintain a private confidential home, work, or school address.
The Victim Resource Center is staffed by professionals to assist with questions about the rights afforded to victims and witnesses of crime as they move through the criminal justice process, and what to do if a victim or witness believes a right has been violated.
Utilize the Information for Victims & Families section to locate domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, a guide to the criminal justice system, and resources on healing.
The Office of Crime Victim Services Grant Programs manages and administers a number of federal grant programs and state funding streams, such as Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS), State Child Advocacy Center Grants, and Children's Justice Act.
Please contact us with any questions.
Last Updated: 4/1/2020 - 4:00pm
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Director of the Office of Crime Victim Services
Michelle Viste was appointed Executive Director of the Office of Crime Victims Services in August 2017. Viste joined the Wisconsin Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Litigation Unit in July 2015. Before joining DOJ, Viste spent 5 years as a Deputy District Attorney in the Dane County District Attorney’s Office where she was recognized for her outstanding work by the Wisconsin District Attorneys’ Association in 2015 when she received the Deputy District Attorney of the Year Award. Before her appointment as Deputy District Attorney, Viste spent 3 years prosecuting Domestic Violence cases in Dane County. Viste also served as the District Attorney in Waushara County from 2005-2006 and an Assistant District Attorney in Winnebago and Outagamie Counties from 2001-2005. As a criminal prosecutor, Viste successfully prosecuted thousands of criminal cases including homicides, home invasions, sexual assaults, crimes against children, drug cases, domestic violence, and sexual predator commitment cases.
Prior to becoming a criminal prosecutor in 2001, Viste was an Assistant City Attorney in Appleton where, among other things, she provided legal advice and training to the City of Appleton Police Department. She also worked as a Criminal Justice Adjunct instructor at Fox Valley Technical College from 2001-2004. After graduating from law school, she was a Law Clerk for the Outagamie County Circuit Court.
Viste is a Green Bay native and lifelong resident of Wisconsin. She received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, cum laude, in 1999. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, cum laude, in 1996.