What are my rights as a victim of crime?

Being a victim of crime can be an overwhelming and difficult experience. The Virginia Victims Fund is in place to help you. In addition to our services, you have certain rights under Virginia law. Most of these rights are protected by local Victim Witness Assistance Programs and the Commonwealths Attorney. You can find access to these resources by contacting the DCJS infoline.

Protection
  • From further harm and threats of harm
  • Waiting area separate from the accused during court proceedings
Financial Assistance
  • The Virginia Victims Fund
  • Restitution for damages or loss
  • Prompt return of property being held as evidence
Notification
  • Case status information
  • Employer intercession services
  • Prisoner release notification
Victim Input
  • Victim Impact Statement
  • Courtroom presence during trial
  • Parole input for crimes occurring prior to 1/1/1995
  • Plea Agreement Consultation
Courtroom Assistance
  • Confidentiality of address and telephone numbers
  • Interpreter services
  • Closed preliminary hearing in limited situations
  • Use of two-way closed circuit television in limited situations