Rapid Response

Clark County Victim Witness Rapid Response to Violent Crimes

Rapid Response

Victim Witness has designed a program that sends specially trained advocates to meet with victims of violent crimes or their families in the first hours of the incident. This effort is coordinated by the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office in collaboration with the Springfield Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Rapid Response to Violent Crimes through Victim Witness was developed with the goal to lessen the impact of trauma to victims by immediately providing connection with an advocate who can provide support, crisis counseling, and intervention. This advocate will stay connected to the family throughout the investigation and court process and assist with follow up referrals. Rapid Response Advocates Provide:

  • Immediate crisis support/education about trauma and loss
  • Assisting with funeral arrangements
  • Coordinating/linking to available community resources
  • Communication with detectives and prosecutors about the status of the case
  • Assistance with applying for Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation
  • Support and presence in any meetings or court hearings
  • Support/education groups for victims of violent crimes and homicide survivors

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Rapid Response Advocates have specialized training to assist victims of crime to deal with trauma and loss. The director of the Rapid Response program is a masters level Professional Clinical Counselor. All Rapid Response Advocates are trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and use the interventions of this evidence based practice with victims.

Rapid Response Advocates have designed open support and education groups for victims of violent crime and homicide survivors. These groups provide a direct forum for survivors to express their feelings while receiving the support they need from others who have had similar experiences. In these groups advocates offer support and education about trauma, loss, and the grieving process. Advocates also teach positive coping skills to assist survivors in coping with intense feelings. Rapid Response trial

Rapid Response Advocates believe in connecting victims with trauma informed services in the community. Advocates work diligently to stay up to date on all available resources and serve on several community committees to actively advocate for victims services across systems.

Rapid Response Advocates will follow up with cases to ensure that survivors feel their needs have been met and that they have been connected to appropriate services.

Court Proceedings

Common Pleas Court 937-521-1680
Clark County Prosecutor 937-521-1770
Victim/Witness Division Clark County 937-521-1792

Coroner - Clark County

3130 East Main Street, Springfield 937-521-2116

Funeral Homes

Conroy, 1660 East High Street937-324-4973
DB Washington, 1530 South Yellow Springs St. 937-323-4555
Jackson Lytle & Lewis, 2425 North Limestone Street 937-688-3448
Jones Kenney-Zechman, 1002 East High Street 937-325-7353
Littleton & Rue, 830 North Limestone Street 937-323-6439
Porter-Qualls, 823 South Yellow Springs St. 937-325-1447
richard Raff & dunbar, 838 East High Street 937-325-1564


Calvary Cemetery, 3155 East Possum Road 937-323-7474
Enon Cemetery, 6013 Dayton Springfield Road 937-864-2881
Ferncliff Cemetery, 501 West McCreight Avenue 937-325-3039
Ferncliff Arboretum (Cremation) 937-322-3491
Rose Hill Cemetery, Mausoleum & Crematory, 4781 South charleston Road 937-322-5172
St. Bernard Cemetery, 27 West Home Road 937-399-5209

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Crisis Line 800-320-4357
Mental Health Services for Clark County 800-320-Help 937-399-9500

Child Care

4 C For Children 800-340-0600
Clark County Job & Family Services 937-327-1700

Food & Nutritional Services

Pantries 937-323-5815
Open hands Free Store 937-325-8715
Catholic Charities 937-325-0464
WIC 937-325-0465


Springfield Regional Medical Center 937-372-8011
Children’s Medical Center of Dayton 800-228-4055
Children’s Medical Center of Columbus 800-875-5437
Miami Valley Hospital 937-208-8000

Follow-Up Notifications

Clark County Jail, 120 North Fountain Avenue, Springfield
Main Number
Non-Emergency Number
VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) Call to signup
Go online to signup 937-521-2050

Clark County Services

Catholic Charities (utilities, rent, groceries) 937-521-1680

Clark County Info and Referral 937-325-8715
Child Advocacy Center 937-323-1400
Department of Job and Family Services 937-327-3753
Common Pleas Court 937-327-1700
Veteran’s Services 937-521-2030
Women’s Health Resource Guide FREE BOOK 937-523-7000

Local Community Resources

Mental Health Services for Clark County 937-399-9500
Clark County Main Pulic Library 937-328-6903

Special Needs

Project Woman 937-328-5308
24 Hour Crisis Line 800-634-9893
Rape Crisis 888-860-4084
Alt. Lifestyle Abuse Support 866-862-7286 (BRAVO)
AIDS Resource Center (ARC OHIO) 937-461-2437


Ride Plus 937-327-1710
Springfield City Area Transit (SCAT) 937-328-7228

Other Resources

United Way Info and Referral 2-1-1
Legal Aid Society 888-534-1432
Social Security Administration 800-772-1213
Clark County Department of Job and Family Services 937-327-1700