As the only Victim-Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) for victims of felony crimes in DeKalb County, our legislative, professional, and ethical role is to establish and maintain a valuable and necessary link for victims of all crime in the community, and specialized community service providers, to the criminal justice system. There is no other agency that is legally required, nor has the ability, to complete these services to victims in the criminal justice system.
Prosecution-based VWAP’s in Georgia generally guide victims of crime through confusing and complex court processes, assist victims in receiving appropriate restitution and compensation, and provide resource and referral to victims. VWAP’s also present the needs, concerns, and perspectives of crime victims to the community, elected officials, and public policy makers.
Official Role of the Victim Advocate
The official role of the Victim Advocate in any office is as the voice of the victim. The Advocacy role is neither a primary nor preliminary fact finder. The purpose of victim advocacy is to promote the relationship between the system and a victim of crime and ease the victim through the process ensuring that all resources, remedies and rights are available. The primary focus of victim advocacy is on the needs of the victim.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program does not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability. If you believe you have been the target of discrimination, you have the right to file a civil rights complaint. Information on how to file a civil rights complaint can be found on the Office of Justice Programs website. http://www.ojp.gov/about/ocr/complaint.htm
Frequently Asked Questions