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Victim Witness Assistance

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The Augusta County Victim & Witness Assistance Program


The purpose of the Augusta County Victim & Witness Assistance Program is to help ensure that crime victims and witnesses receive fair and considerate treatment while participating in the criminal justice system.

If you are a victim or witness to a crime, your role is vital to the Court process. Many victims and witnesses are not familiar with the criminal justice system.

you should call if:

  • You want to know the status of your case or the court date.
  • You have a question about your role as a witness.
  • You would like an explanation of court procedures or a tour of the courtroom before you testify.
  • You would like someone to escort you to the court.
  • You just need someone to talk to.
  • You received crime related threats or harassment.
  • You need a referral to community service agencies, for counseling or assistance.
  • You want assistance preparing a victim compensation form.
  • You have changed your home or work address or telephone number.
  • You may be leaving the area for a personal reason.

Victim Witness Assistance Directors

Julie Hawkins, Program Director - 540.245.5314
Sandi Battaglia, Assistant Program Director - 540.245.5314