This office has Victim Witness Advocates available in every court to support victims throughout the criminal justice process. The primary goal of a Victim Witness Advocate is to ensure that a victim or witness’s participation in the court process is meaningful and that all of the rights entitled to a victim or witness are respected.
Working as a team, an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) and a Victim Witness Advocate (Advocate) are assigned to each criminal case once it enters the criminal justice system. The Victim Witness Advocate will keep victims and witnesses informed of the case status and important stages of the court process. Advocates and Assistant District Attorneys are available to meet to answer questions and explain the court process. It is important to District Attorney Morrissey that the interests and concerns of victims are known to the court at the time of disposition. It is the practice of this office to consider the views of crime victims in determining the appropriate recommendations that will be present to the court.
Victim Advocates are assigned to the five district courts, juvenile courts, Superior Court and the Norfolk Probate and Family Court.
AVAILABLE VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICES INCLUDE:
> Crisis intervention and emotional support
> Court accompaniment and in-court support
> Safety planning and protection
INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE REGARDING:
> Claims for victim compensation
> Referrals to community programs for counseling, medical and legal assistance
> Assistance with Victim Impact and Restitution Statements
> Property return and intervention with employers or schools
> Assistance with applications for Inmate Status Notifications (CORI)
> Referrals to post conviction agencies at State or County correctional facilities
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Victim Witness Advocate assigned to your case or call the Victim Witness Unit at 781.830.4800