The Patrick County Victim/Witness Program received $70,000 in funding from the more than $95 million in federal grant funding to 229 localities around the commonwealth for to support criminal justice programs.
“These funds have been utilized to pay for operating costs (phone, internet, etc.), the purchase of necessary office equipment/supplies, brochures, victim-related material, and promotional items which are provided to victims and witnesses and also distributed throughout the community to help bring awareness to the program. In addition, the funds pay for the salary of two program staff,” said Tanya Haynes, director of the Victim Witness Program.
She added that the program was created to ensure that victims and witnesses of crime receive “fair and compassionate treatment” as they participate in the criminal justice system.
Hayes and her team help victims and witnesses navigate court process and help them understand their rights. The team also translates the outcomes of cases and provide emotional support for victims and witnesses in the program.
Other services provided by the program include assistance with restitution and filing applications to the Virginia Victims Fund; assistance with Victim Impact Statements; and providing referrals to organizations that may assist the individual further with financial needs, legal assistance, protective orders, counseling, mental health, and sexual and domestic violence advocacy.
The Patrick County Victim/Witness Program was first awarded this grant in 1986.
“We appreciate the continuing opportunity to apply for and receive funding to assist crime victims, and we are honored to serve the citizens of Patrick County who have been victimized by crime,” Haynes said.