Rights Available to Victims

The "Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act" (Victims Bill of Rights) was made law by the Virginia General Assembly in 1995. The purpose of this law is to ensure that victims and witnesses of crime:
  • Are informed of their rights
  • Are treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity and that their privacy is protected where the law allows
  • Have opportunities to make the courts aware of the full impact of the crime
  • Have the opportunity to be heard at critical stages of the criminal justice process
  • Receive authorized services