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Victim / Witness Program
Assistance Program General Information
The Victim Witness Assistance Program for the City of Fredericksburg was established in 1986 to assist those individuals who find themselves involved in the criminal justice system as the victim or the witness of a crime. Located in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the program is designed to help ensure that crime victims and witnesses receive fair and compassionate treatment while participating in our court system.

If you have any questions regarding the court process or your rights as a victim or witness, contact the Victim Witness Assistance Program at 540-372-1040, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Services provided by the Victim Witness Assistance Program include the following:
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  • Provide outreach and crisis intervention to victims of violent crimes
  • Inform victims and witnesses of their rights as they pertain to the criminal justice process
  • Make referrals to agencies that provide emergency shelter or psychological counseling to victims
  • Provide victims information and assistance with filing for reimbursement through Virginia’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
  • Keep victims informed of the status of their case after an arrest is made
  • Arrange pre-trial meetings with the victim and the prosecutor and provide courtroom tours for child witnesses
  • Provide victims and their family members with accompaniment to court the day of the hearing
  • Assist victims with the return of property being held as evidence
  • Provide victims with information regarding restitution
  • Assist victims with the process of being informed of a defendant’s release from the Rappahannock Regional Jail or state penitentiary
  • Advocate for the rights of all of Fredericksburg’s crime victims
  • Provide community education concerning crime victimization issues
  • Conduct training for other agencies which provide services to victims of crime