Crime Victims and Their Rights
Who is a Crime Victim?
According to Virginia § 19.2-11.01, a victim is a person who suffered physical, psychological, or economic harm as a direct result of the commission of a felony or of: assault and battery, stalking, violation of an existing protective order, sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, or maiming or driving while intoxicated. Spouses, children, and parents/legal guardians of minors victimized by these offenses are also considered victims under Virginia law unless that person is the defendant.
Services Available to Crime Victims
If you are a crime victim in the State of Virginia, you are entitled to certain rights. These rights include:
- Protection from further harm and threats of harm
- Waiting area separate from the accused during court proceedings
- Financial Assistance
- Virginia Victims Fund
- Prompt return of property being held as evidence
- Restitution for damages or loss
- Case status information
- Court dates and proceedings
- Employer intercession services
- Prisoner release notification
- Victim Input
- Victim Impact Statement preparation
- Courtroom presence during trial
- In felony cases, consultation regarding plea agreement
- Courtroom Assistance
- Confidentiality of address and telephone numbers
- Interpreter services
- Court accompaniment
- Closed preliminary hearing in limited situations
- Use of two way closed circuit television in limited situations
If you have questions concerning these rights or you wish to assert certain rights, please contact the Fredericksburg Victim-Witness Assistance Program at 540-993-1660.
Elizabeth K. Humphries
PO Box 886
Fredericksburg, VA 22404
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
After Hours Circuit Court Informational Line
Ph: 540-310-0675 after 5 p.m.
Victim Witness Assistance Program
Police Department (non-emergency)