- Victim Witness Program
Victim Witness Program
Victim and Witness Rights Act
Section 19.2-11.01 of Code of Virginia
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.
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 affect 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.