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Victim Witness Program
Victim & Witness Rights Act
In recognition of the Commonwealth's concern for the victims and witnesses of crime, it is the purpose of this 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. It is the further purpose of this act to ensure that victims and witnesses are informed of the rights provided to them under the laws of the Commonwealth; that they receive authorized services as appropriate; and that they have the opportunity to be heard by law enforcement agencies, attorneys for the Commonwealth, corrections agencies and the judiciary at all critical stages of the criminal justice process to the extent permissible under law.
The Martinsville Victim Witness Program provides assistance to victims and witnesses of crimes in the Commonwealth of Virginia in dealing with the results of victimization.
Your role as a victim or witness in the criminal justice system is vital to bringing a case before the court. It is with your cooperation that criminals can be brought to justice.
View Section 19.2-11.01 of Code of Virginia which outlines the Victim and Witness Rights Act.
Services Provided by the Victim/Witness Program
- Notification about your case, including updates and significant developments in the police investigation, court date(s), and the outcome of the trial
- Explanation of steps in the criminal justice process, of court procedures, and of your role as a witness - if possible, a tour of the courtroom can be arranged before you testify
- Escort to court, if needed
- Guidance in obtaining reimbursement for travel expenses related to your court appearance(s)
- Interceding with your employer or school to explain your need for time off to testify
- Victim crisis counseling and referral to social service agencies and counseling or support agencies
- Assistance in preparing a Victim Impact Statement that describes the effect the crime has had on your life or that of your family
- Assistance in filing for compensation under the Virginia Victims Fund
- Assistance in obtaining court-ordered restitution from the defendant
- Crime prevention information and assistance
- Information about protection from threats by the offender or anyone else who would obstruct your cooperation with law enforcement or interfere with prosecution efforts
- Assistance with the recovery of personal property held as evidence
- Assistance with confidentiality issues (PDF)
Important Phone Numbers
Circuit Court Page
General District Court
General District Court Page
Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Page
Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney Office
Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney Office Page
Martinsville Police Department
Martinsville Police Department Page
Martinsville Sheriff's Office
Martinsville Sheriff's Office Page
Southside Survivor Response Center
Southside Survivor Response Center Website
Brief Explanation of the Criminal Justice Process
Review the criminal justice process in felony and misdemeanor cases.
All client information obtained while employed as a staff member, intern, or volunteer of the Martinsville Victim/Witness Program will be held in the strictest of confidence from any outside person or agency.
Victim / Witness Responsibilities
As a victim or witness, it is necessary to keep the Victim Witness Program informed of your current address and telephone number so that we can contact you about your case and make sure subpoenas can be served to notify you of court dates.