The following is a summary of free services that are available to crime victims and witnesses:
INFORMATION about the status of your court case through letters and phone calls
NOTICE of court proceedings, including changes
INFORMATION AND EXPLANATION about criminal justice proceedings
ORIENTATION to the courtroom setting
COMPANION to attend court with you and provide emotional support
FINANCIAL COMPENSATION ASSISTANCE for victims of violent crimes
EMPLOYER INTERVENTION to explain time missed from work due to required court appearances
PRIVATE WAITING AREA prior to your court appearance
PROPERTY RECOVERY of stolen items being held as evidence
SUPPORT GROUP for family members and friends of murder victims
ASSISTANCE if you are intimidated, harassed or afraid
CALL THE WITNESS INFORMATION LINE for up-to-date court reporting times at 912-652-7330 for Superior Court and 912- 652-7327 for State Court, or check online at www.chathamcounty.org/vwapline.asp the night prior to scheduled court appearances
ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT with any problems that you may be having as a result of the crime or court appearances
REFERRAL to social service agencies, counselors and others who can assist you with personal problems.
The Victim-Witness Assistance Program is funded primarily by the Chatham County Commission.
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment.