Victim Advocacy is at the core of the Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney’s prosecution mandate. Additionally, it is a primary focus and commitment for District Attorney Boston. The Victim-Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) offers guidance, support, information and crisis counseling to victims of crime throughout the criminal justice process. Advocates make referrals to community partners and provide notification of a variety of court proceedings.
Advocates also ensure that crime victims understand their rights as outlined in the Crime Victims Bill of Rights and assist with obtaining appropriate restitution and compensation through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, when applicable.
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The Unit is comprised of experience professional who are credentialed by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP). Several advocates also hold advanced counseling and social work degrees and licensures. VWAP personnel conduct and participate in ongoing local, regional and national training, and provide more than 45, 000 victim-related services each year.
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.
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