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Victim and Witness Advocate Abuse Victims Rights - Lincoln County Montana
Lincoln County Victim Witness Advocate Program

Notice of Rights

There are many resources and services available in Lincoln County for victims of violent crimes. The Licnoln County Victim/Witness Program, Sanders County Coalition and Lincoln County Crisis Solutions are three excellent resources. They can refer you to places that provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and other services.

Helpful Links and Resources

Lincoln County Victim\Witness Program
(406) 283-2415 (Mon-Thur 9am - 3pm)
Located in the Lincoln County Annex Building, 418 Mineral Avenue, Libby. The Victim Witness Advocate offers assistance with claims for victim's compensation and referral to other services.  Should there be a court case, they can offer court escort, information on the legal system, and assistance with your particular case

Criminal Charges
The county attorney's office can file criminal charges if the offender committed the offense of partner or family member assault, sexual assault, or any other offense involving bodily harm or the threat of bodily harm against you or a family member. It is your right not to live in fear of a partner or family member.

Temporary Orders of Protection
If you are the victim of partner or family member assault, sexual assault, or stalking, you have the right to petition for a Temporary Order of Protection from either District Court or Justice Court for any of the following:

  • prohibiting the offender from threatening to hurt you or hurting you
  • directing the offender to leave your home
  • prohibiting the offender from having any contact with you
  • prohibiting the offender from transferring any property except in the usual course of business
  • prohibiting the offender from being within 1,500 feet (or other appropriate distance) of you and any named family member, and from being at your work site or any other specified place
  • giving you possession of necessary personal property
  • prohibiting the offender from possessing or using any firearm used in the assault

If you file a petition in District Court, the District Court may order all of the above and may award custody of your minor children to you or to the other parent, as well as ordering visitation of your children between the parents. The District Court may also order the offender to pay support payments to you if the offender has a legal obligation to do so.

Obtaining a Temporary Order of Protection
The forms that you need to obtain a Temporary Order of Protection are at Justice Court, 418 Mineral Avenue, Libby, (406) 283-2412. You may file a petition in District Court at the Lincoln County Courthouse, 2nd floor, 512 California Avenue, Libby. You can do this on your own or with an assistance from the Lincoln County Crisis Solutions at (406) 293-3223, Sanders County Coalition for Families at 1-800-265-0415, or the Victim/Witness Advocate ( if you have a pending case)  at (406) 283-2415.  No appointment is necessary and there is no charge.
Click here to fill out the Temporary Order of Protection online

Restitution and Compensation
You may be eligible for restitution payments from the offender or for crime victims compensation payments.  You may call the Lincoln County Crisis Solutions at (406) 293-3223, or the Victim Witness Advocate at (406) 283-2415 for this information.

Address Confidentiality
If the offender has been found guilty of stalking, partner/family member assault against you or a family member, or another offense involving bodily harm or the threat of bodily harm against you or a family member, you may choose to keep your residential address off the list of registered voters by contacting the county election administrator at (406) 293-7781 Ext.200.

Release of Offender
If you call and make arrangements, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department will notify you if the offender is going to be released from jail.  You can call the Victim/Witness Advocate at (406) 283-2415, The Lincoln County Attorney's Office at 406-293-2717 or the county jail at (406) 293-4115, for this or further information. 

Lincoln County Crisis Solutions
(406) 293-3223 (24 hours a day)
Lincoln County Crisis Solutions
This program offers confidential crisis intervention, emergency shelter, assistance in filing Temporary Orders of Protection, education on domestic violence, peer counseling, and support groups for women.