Victim Services


In August 2000, Sheriff James M. Cummings created the first Victim Service Unit at the Barnstable County House of Correction and Jail. This program was supported by Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) through the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Victim Service Unit's primary mission is to provide information, assistance, and support to victims of crime and other concerned parties where the offender is in the custody of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility.
The services provided by the Victim Service Unit include post-conviction offender information, emotional support and referrals, crisis intervention, and on going safety planning.  Individuals are required to be certified by the Criminal History Systems Board to receive this information.  If necessary, the Victim Service Unit will educate and assist those who wish to become certified by the Criminal History Systems Board.  The staff of the Barnstable County Sheriff provides these services with professionalism, compassion, and respect.  All information about crime victims is strictly confidential.
Additionally, to ensure that gaps in service or unmet service needs are addressed, the Victim Service Unit coordinates efforts with the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office, local and state police departments, the Massachusetts Parole Board, the Sex Offender Registry Board, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, the Criminal History Systems Board, and other correctional facilities.
Sheriff James Cummings understands that involvement with the criminal justice system can be overwhelming for victims.  He is committed to ensuring that all victim rights and services, which the public is entitled to, are provided by his office and staff.

For more information on the services available through the VSU please contact:






Jeff Ryan, Victim Services

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