Victim Witness Program
Victim and 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.