The mission of the Victim-Witness Assistance Program is to provide quality and compassionate assistance to victims and witnesses of crime in Fulton County who are involved in the criminal justice system at the Superior and Juvenile Court levels. To accomplish this mission, the Program is staffed by professional advocates, counselors and social workers who assist thousands of victims every year.
One of the main functions of VWAP is to ensure the District Attorney’s adherence to the Georgia Victims’ Bill of Rights. Enacted in 1995, legislation mandates State Prosecution Offices provide notification and other services to crime victims. Below is a summarization of services offered at no cost to victims of crime and their families by the Fulton County District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Assistance Program:
- Information about the status of the case
- Explanation of and information about the criminal justice system
- Notification of upcoming hearings
- Orientation to the courtroom setting and proceedings
- Private waiting area prior to court appearance
- An advocate to accompany victims to court and provide emotional support
- Assistance with applications for financial compensation
- Assistance with the preparation and delivery of Victim Impact Statements
- Employer/school interventions to explain time missed due to required court appearances
- Safety planning
- Referrals to community agencies
Mobile Outreach Center
Aside from the VWAP services provided within the courtroom, The Victim-Witness Assistance Program also provides a unique community outreach service via its Mobile Outreach Center (MOC). The state-of the-art RV offers a comfortable environment for crime victims while providing on-location support and referral services. The MOC is dispatched on a case-by-case basis and offers expedited VWAP assistance to victims and their families when:
- A victim has sustained physical injuries as a result of the crime
- A victim has suffered serious mental or emotional trauma as a result of being threatened with a crime, or present during the commission of a crime
- A homicide has occurred and the victim’s family could benefit from additional support and resources
In addition to the MOC Coordinator, the Victim-Witness Assistance Program is composed of a Director, an Administrative Assistant and 19 Victim Advocates assigned to Fulton County Juvenile and Superior Courts.
To learn more about how our team of advocates can assist you or a loved one, contact the Victim-Witness Assistance Program directly.
Victim-Witness Assistance Program
CHARICE WILLIAMS, NCC, LPC
Director, Victim-Witness Assistance Program
Office of the Fulton County District Attorney