What to Expect

As a victim of crime, you are likely to experience feelings of shock, fear, anger, helplessness, and confusion.  These reactions are a normal response to crime, whether it is a personal injury or a property crime. 

At the time, when your emotions are most intense, you may find yourself having to deal with an overwhelming number of people and procedures.  Without any previous experience or exposure to these types of situations, and the agencies involved in handling your case, you may find it all too confusing, frightening, or even frustrating.

Victims of crime have the right to be treated fairly, with compassion and respect; to be informed of the progress and outcome of their case, and that the damages done to them be considered by the court as their case is decided upon. To assist in the arrest and prosecution of your case, please:

  • Report a crime as soon as possible to Duke police by calling 9-1-1 or (919) 684-2444.
  • Cooperate with Duke police and other agencies through all stages of investigation, prosecution and sentencing.
  • Testify as a witness at a criminal trial, if you are asked to do so.