Victim Witness Assistance Program

If you are a victim of, or witness to, a crime we are here to help you. Virginia law gives crime victims and witnesses many rights. 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

Our role is to help you understand your rights and know where to go for services. We can help you with:

  • Counseling/support group referrals
  • Explaining what to expect in court                                          
  • Food and shelter                                                                 
  • Accompanying you to court hearings                
  • Keeping you updated about your case
  • Medical bills and other out-of-pocket losses
  • Protection                                                           

 About the Program

The York-Poquoson Victim-Witness Assistance Program is located in the York-Poquoson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. It was established in 1986 and is partially funded by a grant from the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

The current director, Anika Virgin, has been with the program since 2002. The assistant director, Lori West, has been with the program since 2009. The program also has a full time victim advocate, Sarah Williams, as well as part time program assistant, Linda Austin. Victim Witness also utilizes interns and volunteers to provide assistance. To express interest in intern/volunteer opportunities, email

York/Poquoson Victim Witness Assistance Program does not exclude, deny services to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious belief. This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (nondiscrimination on the basis of disability), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (nondiscrimination on the basis of age), regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these three statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84, and 91, and the Virginia Human Rights Act.