The Victim Witness Assistance Division was started in 1982 as a unit of the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney. The division is a part of the state-wide network of victim / witness services provided under the guidelines of the State Attorney General.
The division's purpose is to help ensure that victims and witnesses are treated with compassion, dignity, understanding and respect by the criminal justice system.
The division primarily assists in cases of serious violent crimes including:
• Sexual assaults
• Offenses involving child victims
• Abuse of household members
• Robbery and physical assaults
Assistance is given also to other victims of non-violent crimes who have special requests or needs.
Services (offered at no cost):
• Crisis and short-term counseling
• Referral for financial assistance and social services
• Case information and notification
• Preparation for court testimony
• Court accompaniment
• Explanation of the judicial system; Return Witness Program for visitors
• Victim Impact Statement
• Advocacy for victim rights