WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Marathon County residents seeking protection orders will now be getting more help thanks to a statewide information network.
Marathon County is now a part of the statewide Vine victim alert network. Sheriff Scott Parks says the program helps victims of abuse who seek restraining orders to be ready to seek help after an order has been served. "It allows the petitioner, sometimes known as the victim, to have early notification that their order has been served and to encourage them to inform law enforcement and seek assistance if the other party violates the restraining order."
The online program is there to help walk you through the process to get more information about an order you've been granted. "Once you register, you'll receive a 12 digit CCAP number and the county that issued it, the respondents first and last name, and you should be able to track all the information you need." Parks says the program is designed to be as accessible as possible. "The state is trying to make it as easy as possible. Of course a lot of it revolves around the internet, but they do have phone numbers that you can contact and call also."
The program is already in use in in all of the state's county jails to track inmate information, and Marathon County is now the 60th county to offer the services for temporary protection orders. Parks says the program has been a success elsewhere. "Statewide? Yes, so far so good. It's basically been a real benefit for individuals to keep track of the restraining order injunctions they've having served."
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