- If in danger, please call 911.
- If you believe you have been a victim of a crime, please call the Winchester Police Department’s non-emergency number at 540-662-4131.
Nothing can compensate for the personal violation that you feel as a victim of a crime, but the Victim/Witness Assistance Program (V/W) is here to help you through testifying in court, getting restitution and moving beyond victimization.
The role of a victim or witness in the criminal justice system is vital to bringing a case before the court.
The purpose of Virginia's Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act ensure that victims and witnesses of crime or domestic violence:
- Are informed of their rights
- Are treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity and that their privacy is protected where the law allows
- Receive authorized services
- Have opportunity 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 system
Your Rights as a Victim or Witness
You have a right to be free from threats, harassment and intimidation. If as a result of your involvement in a criminal case, you or your family are threatened, harassed or intimidated in any way, immediately call the Winchester Police Department (540-662-4131) and our office for assistance.
You have the right to seek restitution. In appropriate cases, the Judge may order the defendant to reimburse you for your financial loss as part of sentence imposed. Information regarding your injuries or out-of-pocket losses resulting from the offense should be brought to our attention as soon as possible.
ATTENTION: As a victim or witness, it is very important to keep the Police and the Victim Witness Office informed of your current address and telephone number (at home and work) so that we can contact you about your case.
Virginia VINE is a free, secure and confidential way to access custody status and criminal case information. Register for notifications and stay informed. If you need help registering, please contact the Victim/Witness office.
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If you have interacted with or benefited from the Victim/Witness Program, please complete the below satisfaction survey and let us know about your experience.
Victim/Witness Program Contacts
Location: Creamery Building, 21 S. Kent Street, Ste. 200, Winchester, VA 22601
|Jim Pearce||Victim/Witness Program Director|
|Mandy Vecero||Assistant Director|
|Marissa Miller||Victim/Witness Assistant|