Victim and witness services are a critical component of the criminal justice system. The impact of violent crime can be devastating and life-changing for victims. Justice dictates that we advocate for victims of crime and help them navigate their way through the sometimes overwhelming court process. Victim and Witness specialists attend court appearances with victims in order to provide critical support during court hearings. They work directly with the prosecuting attorneys to prepare cases for trial.
Victim and Witness specialists are crucial to ensuring a victim knows the status of his or her case.
They make initial contact with violent-crime victims to determine whether the victim has any special needs. Specialists also arrange witness interviews, make travel and lodging arrangements, place witnesses "on-call," educate witnesses about how the criminal justice system works, coordinate witness court appearances and notify all interested parties about the final trial verdict.
Specialized programs provide support for domestic violence victims, child victims, victim of elder abuse, assistance with victim impact statements, restitution, and crime victim compensation.
JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME HELPS THEM PUT THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER