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Victim Rights

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Amy Crossland - Victim Witness Volunteer

Amy Crossland



The Victim Advocate for the Brentwood Police Department is Amy Crossland, who has more than a decade of experience working in the criminal justice system.   The majority of her experience is from her work with the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office where she served as the Assistant Victim Witness Coordinator.   Crossland is an Associate 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 Victim Advocate for the department.  Crossland contacts those who have been victims of crime in the City of Brentwood and helps people with assessing their needs, navigating through the court process, and helping with additional services such as counseling.    


 Crossland is equipped to serve all victims of crimes, including:

  • domestic violence
  • home invasion
  • robbery
  • theft
  • rape and sexual abuse
  • vehicular homicide
  • murder

Services provided include:

  • assessment of needs
  • counseling
  • education and support throughout the court process
  • advocacy for vulnerable populations
  • referral to needed services
  • coordination with community providers to ensure victim protection and safety

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

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 are 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. 

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.


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 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

Williamson County Department of Children Services

1810 Columbia Ave. Ste 18 Franklin, Tennessee 37064 Phone: 615-790-5965 Fax: 615-790-5530


    • Matters involving neglect/abuse of minors 
    • Placement of minor victims into care and custody 
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance

The Guidance Center

1915 Columbia Avenue
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-794-9973 Fax: 615-794-9961


    • Mental health counseling and support 
    • Referral to other service agencies for assistance

My Friends House

626 East View Circle
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-8919 (preferred) or 615-790-8553 Fax: 615-790-6377

      • Shelter for Abused and Neglected Kids

American Red Cross

Natchez Trace Chapter
129 W. Fowlkes St. STE 100
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-5785
615-944-9335 (Emergency Only- on call personnel)


    • Immediate emergency assistance such as food, clothing, temporary shelter and medicine for persons affected by disaster

Williamson County General Sessions/Circuit Court Clerks

Williamson County Courthouse
135 4th Avenue South
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-5454

Williamson County Juvenile Services

Criminal Justice Center
408 Century Court
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Phone: 615-790-5812


Department of Treasury

Division of Claims Administration
Criminal Injuries Compensation
502 Deaderick St.
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: 615-741-2734
    • Financial compensation for innocent victims of violent crimes


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 


    • Counsel and support for rape victims 
    • Assistance in reporting rape to law enforcement

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
    • Counseling, support, and shelter for domestic violence victims