Helping Victims Find Their Words
Chaco works on a specially trained team with his partner Jane Hanisee, a criminal justice professional Victim’s Assistance Coordinator with the DA’s office. Chaco has a very important job as a Courthouse Facility Dog. His role is to comfort victims as they enter the criminal justice system. He also attends court dockets, participates in victim interviews, and if needed, will accompany victims, especially children, when they testify in court. When Jane interviews with victims about abuse and other crimes, Chaco is there to provide unconditional acceptance and love. The criminal justice process is an obviously frightening, stressful time for a child or even an adult victim. Having a soft, sympathetic, calming presence comforts victims throughout the process. Chaco can sit with them during the trial and the children can hold onto his leash when they are on the witness stand, allowing them to feel less alone. We have found that with Chaco, our victims are able to feel more comfortable speaking about the abuse that has been perpetrated against them.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Victim Services Division
National Domestic Violence Hotline
TTY for the Deaf: 1-800-787-3224
Information for Victims of Domestic Violence
MADD – Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Crime Victims' Compensation
Attorney General's Office
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault
Crisis Assistance Center
(936) 539-1096 Appointment Line (936) 539-9211
The Salvation Army
Conroe - Corps Community Center
Phone: (936) 760-2440
City of Conroe Transit Department
Route Map and Brochure for Passengers
Our Victim Witness Division offers specialized assistance to crime victims of misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the court process. Coordinators provide information, resources and referrals to appropriate service agencies in our community to assist crime victims during the aftermath of the crime.
The Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 56 designates specific rights for victims of crime. Our Victim Assistance Division is devoted in the fight to honor those rights.
As Victim Assistance Coordinators, we are in partnership with the prosecution team. We educate the victims about the judicial process and procedures which include courtroom accompaniment, case status, court proceedings, and assist victims in preparing for trial. We consider it not a duty, but a privilege to assist victims of crime. It is their rights we hold dear and carry as a sword to ensure victims are heard.
To contact a Victim Assistance Coordinator, please call the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office at 936-539-7800.