Victim Witness Services at the Office of the Attorney General is comprised of two Divisions: The Victim Witness & Assistance Division and the Victim Compensation & Assistance Division.
Victim Witness & Assistance Division
The Office of Attorney General serves victims and witnesses in a variety of ways. Victim Witness & Assistance Division advocates are assigned to work with victims throughout the investigations and prosecutions we pursue. In criminal matters, we are mandated to inform victims of the rights afforded to them under the Victim Rights Law, M.G.L. c. 258B, and work to fulfill them. In all of our matters, we keep victims and witnesses informed about the case involving them and give them a voice in the process. We routinely assist victims and their families in accessing all available resources, both internally and externally, to meet their individual needs.
The Victim Witness & Assistance Division provides comprehensive services to victims and witnesses involved in Attorney General Office cases. Victim Witness Advocates (VWA’s) handled over 152 cases throughout the year serving victims and witnesses involved with Criminal, Civil, and post-disposition matters. In addition, staff members were active in numerous committees, outreach, and over 30 training activities including the MA Office of Victim Assistance Board, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) Advisory Board, and Governor’s Council to Address Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence, and the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy.
Victim Compensation & Assistance Division
Through the Victim Compensation & Assistance Division, the Attorney General’s Office is often able to provide financial assistance to eligible victims of violent crime for medical and dental care, mental health counseling, funeral and burial costs, crime scene clean up services, and security measures. Our Division uses funds obtained from perpetrators, and can assist with expenses up to a maximum of $25,000 per crime or up to maximum of $50,000 per crime for cases where the victim sustained catastrophic injuries. Experienced staff within the Division will assist victims in understanding their rights as a crime victim, determining what expenses may be eligible for compensation, and assessing what other resources are available to assist them.