Victims in Virginia have a right to file with VVF protected by the Virginia Victim and Witnesses of Crime Act §19.2-11.01. Referring a victim to VVF, or helping them complete the VVF application, helps protect that right.
Advocates should be aware that if VVF makes an award on behalf of a victim, Virginia law requires that that VVF recollect the award from the offender(s) convicted of the crime. Safety planning with a victim should address the potential danger that can arise from recollection.
Technical support and training are available upon request to increase advocate knowledge and expertise about the Virginia Victims Fund and the benefits it offers. Contact VVF and ask to speak with the Training & Outreach Coordinator for more information.
Excellence in Victim Service Award
Every year, VVF presents an award to one Victim Witness Program to acknowledge their dedication to serving Virginia victims. Please congratulate the winners!
- 2016: Kate Griffin, Henrico County Victim Witness Assistance Program
- 2015: Donna Mixner, FBI Victim Specialist
- 2014: Washington County Victim Witness Program
- 2013: Richmond City Victim Witness Program
- 2012: Martinsville Victim Witness Program
- 2011: Virginia Beach Victims Witness Program
- 2010: Appomattox Victim Witness Program
- 2009: Winchester Victim Witness
- 2008: Lynchburg Victim Witness
- 2007: Norfolk Victim Witness Program
- 2006: Accomack County Victim Witness Program
- 2005: Chesapeake Sheriff's Office Victim Witness Program
- 2004: Danville Victim Witness Program