Victim Witness Assistance  

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Wise County 
Commonwealth Attorney's Office

Ronald Elkins
Commonwealth Attorney
Wise County and City of Norton

"Dedicated to Law Enforcement"

PO Box 69
 Wise County Courthouse
Room 123
Wise, VA 24293
Phone 276-328-9406
Fax 276-328-5234

Hours:  Mon. through Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Victim Witness Assistance

Vicky Wiandt, Program Director, Wise County
Barbra Elkins, Assistant Director, Wise County

PO Box
224 Main Street
Wise, VA 24293
Phone 276-328-4421

Hours:  Mon-Fri  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
On Call 24hrs a day, Seven days a week

The Wise County and City of Norton Victim/Witness Office is associated with the Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney's office, working closely with prosecutors in the preparation of cases and prosecution of crimes.

The purpose of the Wise County and City of Norton Victim/Witness program is to assist both crime victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system. 

Your role as a victim or witness in the criminal justice system is vital to bringing a case before the court. It is only through your cooperation that criminals can be brought to justice.

This web site briefly describes your rights under the Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act and the services offered by the Wise County and City of Norton Victim/Witness Program. It also outlines your role in the criminal justice process and describes how a case progresses through the courts. The Victim/Witness Program offers assistance to you as a victim or witness, and to a victim, his or her family and others in dealing with the results of victimization.

Services Provided by the Victim/Witness Program

- Notification of victims and witnesses of information about your case, including updates and significant developments in the police investigation, court date(s), and the outcome of the trial.

- Explanation of steps in the criminal justice process, of court procedures, and of your role as a witness. If possible a tour of the courtroom can be arranged before you testify.

- Accompanying you to and from court, if needed.

- Assisting you in obtaining reimbursement for travel expenses related to your court appearance(s).

- Interceding with your employer to explain your need for time off to testify.

- Victim crisis counseling and referral to social service agencies and counseling or support agencies.

- Assistance to victims in preparing a Victim Impact Statement which describes the effect the crime has had on your life or that of your family.

- Assistance in filing for compensation under the Virginia Criminal Injuries compensation Fund.

- Assistance in obtaining court ordered restitution from the defendant.

- Crime prevention information and assistance.

- Information about protection from threats by the offender or anyone else who would obstruct your cooperation with law enforcement or interfere with prosecution efforts.

- Assistance with the recovery of personal property held as evidence.

- Assistance with confidentiality issues.

General Information  Drunk Driving
National Center for Victims of Crime Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists
National Organization for Victim Assistance MADD
National Criminal Justice Reference Service National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
National Victims' Constitutional Amendment Network Elder Abuse
Office for Victims of Crime National Center on Elder Abuse (no longer available)
  The Elder Care Locator
Child Abuse Links Family Violence
ABA Center on Children and the Law Family Violence Prevention Fund
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence National Domestic Violence Hotline
American Humane Association, Children's Division Violence Against Women Office
American Professional Society Fraud
Incest Survivors Resource Network International (no longer available) National Fraud Information Center
National Network of Child Advocacy Centers National Insurance Crime Bureau
Child Welfare Information Gateway - Child Abuse & Neglect  
E-Mail the Victim Witness Officer  
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