Victim / Witness Assistance Program

National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Victim’s Bill of Rights and Services

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, victims of crime are afforded certain rights under the Virginia Crime Victims and Witness Rights Act to ensure that the full impact of crime is brought to the attention of the courts of the Commonwealth; that crime victims and witnesses are treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity; and that their privacy is protected to the extent permissible under law. Further, victims and witnesses must be informed of these rights and are to receive authorized services as appropriate.

Protection

  • Protective order assistance
  • Separate waiting rooms
  • Court accompaniment
  • Safety Planning and Danger Assessment
  • Referrals to Community Services

Financial Assistance

  • Virginia Victims Fund (VVF)
  • Restitution Assistance
  • Property Return
  • Referrals to Social Services or other appropriate agencies
  • Travel, lodging, and meal reimbursement for subpoenaed   witnesses

Notices

  • Case status information – updates and notification
  • Court dates
  • Jail and Department of Corrections Notifications
  • Intercession – creditor/employer/school
  • Bond Status

Victim Input

  • Prosecution Liaison
  • Victim Impact Statements – assistance, preparation, and submission
  • The right to remain in the courtroom
  • Plea agreements

Courtroom Assistance