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Commonwealth's Attorney

Victim Witness Services

•Provide on request information on any significant developments in the investigation and prosecution of the case.

•Provide information which explains steps in the criminal justice system and details victims' rights.

•Inform of restitution and monitor payments.

•Assistance in protection of victims and witnesses from harm and threats of harm arising our of their cooperation with the law enforcement and prosecution of the case.

•Assist in the return of property.

•Notify victims and witnesses of continuances and cancellations.

•Provide information concerning final disposition of cases and negotiations on plea agreements

•Provide liaison services between claimants and the Division of Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.

•Provide information on financial assistance available.

•Provide information on social services available and make referrals to appropriate agencies.

•Provide emergency assistance, such as food, shelter/referrals for these services.

•Provide employer intercession.

•Provide separate waiting areas during court procedures.

•24-hour on call for victims, law enforcement and witnesses.

•Assist in the preparation of victim impact statements.

•Provide public awareness presentations to schools and community groups/basic training and in-service.

•Provide crisis intervention and short-term counseling.

•Provide courtroom tours, accompaniment and support.

•Provide hospital accompaniment and support