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In Virginia Crime Victim and Witness Rights

Anyone suffering physical, emotional or financial harm as a direct result of a felony or certain misdemeanors. This definition includes spouses and children of all victims, mentally or physically incapacitated victims, or victims of homicide. As the victim of a crime, you are entitled to certain rights under Virginia's Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act (also called the Victim Bill of Rights) and related laws.

As the victim of a crime, you may be entitled to information about:

  • Protection
  • Financial assistance and social services, including the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
  • Closed preliminary hearing or use of closed-circuit television if you are the victim of a sexual offense
  • Separate waiting area during court proceedings
  • The right to remain in the courtroom during a criminal trial or proceeding

    As the victim of a crime, you may be entitled to assistance with:

  • Obtaining protection
  • Obtaining property held by law enforcement agencies
  • Intercession services with your employer
  • Obtaining advanced notification of court proceedings
  • Receiving the services of an interpreter
  • Preparing a Victim Impact Statement
  • Seeking restitution

    As the victim of a crime, you may be entitled to notification of:

  • Changes in court dates
  • Changes in the status of the defendant, if he/she is being held in a jail or a correctional facility
  • The opportunity to prepare a written Victim Impact Statement prior to sentencing of a defendan