Steps You Need to Take to Receive Confidentiality, Notification or Release Information

  1. Confidentiality: To request confidentiality, you must file a Request for Confidentiality by Crime Victim Form (DC-301) with the magistrate, court, commonwealth’s attorney or law enforcement agency in the locality where the crime occurred.
  2. Court dates: You must give the commonwealth’s attorney your current name, address and telephone number, in writing, if you wish to be notified in advance of the scheduled court dates for preliminary hearings, trials, sentence hearings and other proceedings in your case.
  3. Virginia V.I.N.E. stands for Virginia Victim Information and Notification Everyday . The Virginia V.I.N.E. is an on-line resource that allows you to search for information regarding current custody status of inmates serving sentences in Virginia local and regional jails and the Virginia Department of Corrections.

If you need assistance with completing the Crime Victime Form (DC-301), a VCU Police officer can assist you.  Please use the contact number below to request assistance:

  • VCU Police non-emergency dispatch (24/7): (804) 828-1196

Local and regional jails will provide automated notification when an offender is released, transferred, or escapes. Virginia Department of Corrections will provide automated notification when a State sentenced offender is released, transferred, escapes, dies, or has a parole based event.

If you are the Victim of an offender held by the Department of Corrections and wish to register as the Victim on record, please contact the Virginia Department of Corrections Victim Service Unit. 1-800-467-4943 

The Virginia VINE Service is provided to you in an effort to help keep the public safe and informed. Do not depend solely on the VINE service for your protection. If you feel that you may be in immediate risk, please contact your local law enforcement agency.

This service is supported by the Virginia Department of Corrections, the Virginia Sheriffs' Association via funding from the Virginia Compensation Board that is managed by Virginia Center for Policing Innovation.

Click here to be directed to the Virginia V.I.N.E. Network