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:
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.
Crisis and short-term counseling
Referral for financial assistance and social services
Case information and notification
Preparation for court testimony
Explanation of the judicial system; Return Witness Program for visitors
Victim Impact Statement
Advocacy for victim rights
Services are offered at no cost. To receive assistance please call (808) 270-7695.