Victim/Witness Resources

Page County Victim-Witness Program

Rosalynn Good, Director

Phone: (540) 743-4951

Facsimile: (540) 743-3492

 

 

(540) 743-4517

Page County Commonwealth Attorney's Office

& Victim Witness Program

116 South Court Street, Suite D,  Luray, Virginia 22835

 

Court Information

 

Circuit Court Case Information

An online resource to find case information

regarding Circuit Court.

 

General District Online Case Information System:

An online resource to find case information

regarding General District Court

 

 

General

Crime Prevention Tips

 

Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund

 

Identity Theft Center

 

Information Options for Victims of Crimes

 

A Summary of Virginia’s Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act:

Your Rights and Responsibilities

 

Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline:

A confidential hotline to assist victims of crimes of current and past crimes.

800-838-8238 (24 hours a day)

 

Virginia VINELink:

An online resource that allows you to search for information regarding current custody status of inmates serving sentences in Virginia local and regional jails and the Virginia Department of Corrections.

 

 

Child Safety

Age Appropriate Sexual Behavior

 

Child Safety Network:  National resource center for the prevention of childhood injuries and violence.

 

Prevent Child Abuse Virginia

 

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children:

Resources on child safety and prevention

 

Virginia Department of Social Services

 

Domestic Violence

CHOICES:  Counsel on Domestic Violence in Page County

 

Community Solutions to Sexual and Domestic Violence:

A website is a clearinghouse of information and resources for professionals working to address and prevent sexual and domestic violence in Virginia.

 

Dating Violence

 

Emotional Abuse: But I haven’t been hit.

 

Finding Safety- Support During and After Living with an Abusive Partner

 

An Informational Guide to Victims of Domestic Violence

 

Justice Department’s Violence Against Women

 

National Center for Domestic and Sexual Violence

 

National Network to End Domestic Violence

 

Safety Planning and Domestic Violence

 

Kids and Domestic Violence

 

Stalking: A Guide for Victims

 

Stalking Resource Center

 

Teen Dating Violence

 

The Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance:

A leading voice on sexual and intimate partner violence in Virginia.

 

 

Protective Orders

Domestic Violence Protective Orders

 

Assistance with Protective Orders:

I-CAN! Virginia is a free online tool to assist in obtaining protective orders.

 

Protective Order Booklet

 

Protective Orders:

A Guide for Victims of Stalking or Serious Bodily Injury in Virginia

 

 

 

Sexual Assault/Abuse

How to support a survivor of sexual abuse

 

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network

 

Sexual Violence Information for Victims & Their Families

 

Kids and Sexual Abuse

 

Sexual Assault

 

Understanding P.E.R.K. exams and your options after a sexual assault

 

Virginia Sex Offender Registry:

Search for sex offenders in your area.

 

 

 

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse Fact Sheets   |  NCDVS Elder Abuse Fact Sheet

 

Elder Abuse Resource and Rights

 

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

 

 

 

Human Trafficking

Information for Victims of Human Trafficking

 

Tips for Testifying In Court

In-court testimony from witnesses of a crime is essential for our criminal justice system.  Once you receive a court subpoena, you MUST come to court.

 

If you have questions or concerns about the date or your testimony, contact our office.  The Commonwealth’s Attorney would be glad to meet with you to discuss your concerns.

 

1. Be Prepared.

Before you testify, try to remember the scene and exactly what happened there.  Picture the scene and the objects there.  You may be asked specific dates, times, and facts that occurred months ago, so it is beneficial to refresh your memory ahead of time.

 

2. Ask Questions.

If you have any questions about testifying, call the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  We can help make sure you are prepared for court.

 

3. Dress the Part.

Dress appropriately and comfortably.  Shorts, hats, halter tops, and tank tops are not permitted in court.  It is recommended that you not wear t-shirts, clothes that are too tight, or clothes that are too revealing.

 

4. Listen Carefully and Speak Slowly.

Make sure you understand the question before answering.  If you do not understand the question, it is OK to tell the court that.  Think about your answer before you speak.

 

5. Speak Clearly and Loudly in Court.

There can be a lot of other noises in the courtroom at time, speak so that everyone can hear you.  Avoid chewing gum or others things that can be distracting.

 

6. Tell the Truth.

Tell what happened in your own words.  Always tell the complete truth.  If you say something wrong, correct your statement immediately.

 

7. Do Not Guess, Speculate, or Exaggerate.

You may not know every answer posed to you.  If you do not know the answer, just say so.

 

8. Answer Only the Question Asked.

Your answers are limited to the questions asked of you.  If counsel objects, stop speaking and allow the court to rule on that first.  If the judge interrupts, listen to his direction.

 

9. Stay Calm.

Becoming angry with the attorneys or judge while testifying will not help you in a case.  Always stay calm and remain polite.

 

10. Leave your kids at home.

The courtroom is not an appropriate place for children.  Secure suitable childcare, unless the child has been subpoenaed.

 

Testifying can be an intimidating process.   Hundreds of thousands of people do it every day across the country.

 

Our office will do everything to make the process as easy as possible.

 

 

 

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