Contact Us

Circuit Court: 

John Marshall Courts Building

400 N. 9th Street, Room 100

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Tel: 804-646-3500

Fax: 804-646-0506

 

General District Court:

Marsh Manchester Courts Building

920 Hull Street

Richmond, Virginia 23224

Tel: 804-646-8704

Fax: 804-646-8988

 

Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court:

Oliver W. Hill Courts Building

1600 Oliver Hill Way

Richmond, Virginia 23219

Tel: 804-646-2950

Fax: 804-646-3225

 

Victim Witness

Tel: 804-646-7665

Fax: 804-646-3610

 

VICTIM WITNESS

 

INFORMATION ABOUT THE RICHMOND VICTIM WITNESS SERVICES PROGRAM

 

The Richmond Victim Witness Services program was established in 1991. The program is hosted and located within the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Offices.  There is a Victim Witness Services office located in each of the three City Of Richmond courthouses.  The program consists of eleven staff members with nine designated as Victim Witness Services Specialists available to assist crime victims and witnesses.  The role of each Specialist is to reduce the trauma of victimization and encourage crime victims and witnesses to cooperate with and participate in the criminal justice system by providing direct services including; assisting crime victims in completing victims’ compensation fund claim applications, providing court date notification of judicial proceedings, providing case disposition information, prisoner status, and any other assistance required by the Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act.  Each Specialist provides and ensures an explanation of the complexities of the criminal justice system, provides written materials to crime victims and witnesses which explain how to obtain the program's services, and summarizes victim and witness rights while offering specialized counseling or a referral to such services.  To enquire about Victim Witness Services assistance contact the office at 804-646-7665.

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

As a part of the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office, the Richmond Victim/Witness Services Program is dedicated to assisting crime victims and witnesses in the City Of Richmond.  As directed by the Virginia General Assembly the V/WSP Specialists are available to inform crime victims and witnesses of their rights, court case information, and resource assistance, while empowering and respecting them as they navigate through the criminal justice system. 

 

GOAL:

To provide information and assistance to crime victims and witnesses as directed in the Crime Victim and Witness Bill of Rights established by the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia Code § 19.2-11.01.

 

PURPOSE:

The Victim/Witness Services Program is located within the Richmond Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney and was established to assist crime victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system. The Virginia General Assembly has been passed laws to ensure certain rights to crime victims and witnesses.  The purpose of the Victim/Witness Services Program is to inform these rights to those victimized by crime...

 

CRIME VICTIM AND WITNESS BILL OF RIGHTS:

In recognition of the Commonwealth's concern for the victims and witnesses of crime, it is the purpose of this chapter 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 chapter 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 Victims Bill of Rights recognizes the following individuals as crime victims in Virginia: Anyone suffering physical, emotional or financial harm as a direct result of a felony or certain misdemeanors. (The misdemeanors are: assault and battery, assault and battery against a family or household member, stalking, sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, and driving while intoxicated). Virginia Code § 19.2-11.01.

 

Victim Witness Program Brochure

VA Victims Fund (VVF)

VA Victim Assistance Network (VVAN)

Victim Impact Statement

Victim’s Rights

Virginia's Judicial System I-CAN! Protective Order Website

Petition for a Preliminary Protective Order