State Programs

State Programs Zone 2

Family Crisis Centers, WISH Unit

Western Iowa Survivors of Homicide and Other Violent Crimes (WISH Unit) brings compassionate and essential services to family members and loved ones who experience incomprehensible pain and loss due to a violent crime or homicide.  Each case is distinctive and unique and requires specialized services both immediate and long-term.  WISH is a unique program that is making a difference to lesson secondary trauma and restore stability in the lives of victims of violent crime and survivors of homicide.

Our Crime Victim Services Specialists provide a significant role in bridging the gap between the criminal justice system and the victims and survivors. The WISH Unit will work closely with City Police Departments, County Sheriff’s Departments, County Attorney’s and other service providers to aid in seeking services for the victims and survivors. The WISH Unit works hard to help those that have been affected by crime find the answers that they are so desperately looking for. Our goal is to help you understand the services and support that we can provide as well as information about what you may be experiencing emotionally, mentally and physically. WISH recognizes that the criminal justice system can often be confusing and frustrating but we are here to help navigate you through the justice system and the emotional journey that lies ahead.  Our services are ongoing and we will continue to work with you post-conviction.

“A voice for victims”

  • 24 Hour Crisis support and intervention
  • Victim Rights and Notification
  • Assistance with immediate concerns
  • Emotional support
  • Funeral Advocacy
  • Information and Referral
  • Personal Advocacy and Accompaniment
  • Guidance with Media Attention
  • Criminal Justice Process Information
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Case coordination through investigation, prosecution, and post-sentencing
  • Assistance in filing for financial compensation for crime related expenses (Crime Victim Compensation Forms)
  • Liaison with Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI)
  • Victim Impact Statement Assistance
  • Advocate and Accompaniment in Parole Hearings
  • Post-Conviction Support

WISH Unit Staff
Phone: 1.800.382.5603

Julie Wester, Director
Roxanne, Crime Victim Specialist
Cassandra, Crime Victim Specialist
Dave, Crime Victim Specialist
Mindy, Crime Victim Specialist
Diana, Crime Victim Specialist
Jenny, Crime Victim Specialist

Counties Served
Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Emmet, Sioux, O’Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Fremont, Page, Taylor