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
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, Arielle Hendrix, as well as part time program assistant, Linda Austin. Victim Witness also utilizes interns and volunteers to provide assistance.