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Victim Witness Assistance Unit

Victim Witness Specialists assigned to cases take a client centered approach and strive to protect their interest and safety. They may accompany victims to court, assist with preparing victim impact statements, or guide them through the criminal justice process.

Services Provided

The Victim Witness Assistance Unit provides support services to victims of violent crimes currently involved in the legal system in the District of Columbia. These crimes have been committed by juveniles or adults in cases where significant injuries were sustained from traffic-related offenses or indecent exposure cases. To assist victims return to a sense of normalcy, we provide short term counseling, support and assistance throughout the entire judicial process, and make referrals to collaborating agencies and organizations.

Crime Victim Compensation Program

The Crime Victim Compensation Program provides financial assistance to victims of violent crimes that qualify and may include medical expenses, counseling, or funeral expenses. The Office of the Attorney General does not process claims for financial assistance. Program funds are offered by the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund through the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.

Under District of Columbia law, victims have rights to participate in the legal process.  The law protects the victims and gives them their right to be heard. 

Out of Town and Local Travel

Some victims of violent crime may require travel assistance to Court.  When out of town victims are required to testify, their travel and lodging expenses will be covered.  The VWAU assists victims with this process. 

Helpful Links

For information, fun and games click the link below:

Kids Corner

Please visit and read some important information on the Office of Victim Services, Crime Victims Compensation Program, Psychological Group of Washington and WENDT Center websites.

District of Columbia Resources

National Resources

Crime Victim Information

Domestic Violence

Substance Abuse Assistance

Sexual Abuse/Assault Assistance

Child Victims and Violent Crime Assistance

For complete description of services offered by this section, see Neighborhood and Victim Services.