Victim Witness Assistance
The Stafford County Victim/Witness Assistance Program was developed to assist those who find themselves involved in the criminal justice system as crime victims or witnesses. This program helps ensure that fair and compassionate treatment is given to all victims and witnesses. Our goal is to reduce confusion by explaining the criminal justice process while providing information about services that are available.
The legal process can be long and complicated. The Victim/Witness Assistance Program is available to make sure the needs of the victims and witnesses are met.
Knowing Your Rights
As a victim or witness of crime, you have certain rights under the Virginia's Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act. There are specific steps you may need to take to receive these rights. For detailed information, obtain a copy of "An Informational Guide to Virginia's Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act" from the Stafford Victim / Witness Assistance Program, Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Sheriff's Office, or the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
When to Call the Program
You should call the Victim / Witness Program if:
- You are not receiving restitution payments that were ordered by the court
- You have questions about crime victims' compensation or you need assistance with filing a claim
- You have questions about your role as a witness
- You need a referral to social service agencies that provide emergency medical, psychological, or financial assistance to crime victims
- You need counseling services as a result of being a victim of crime
- You need information regarding the status of your case
- You need to notify us of a change of address or telephone number
- You want assistance in preparing your Victim Impact Statement
- You would like an explanation of court procedures and the criminal justice system
- Your personal property is being held as evidence and you want to know when you can recover it