Victim Witness Program
Victim Witness Program

Victim/Witness Assistance Program helps ensure fair and compassionate treatment to crime victims whether or not an arrest has been made. As a victim or witness, your role is an important one but the responsibilities may be unfamiliar to you. We will attempt to make you familiar with steps involved in bringing your case to trial and with services that are available to assist you in this difficult time. Please call the Sussex County Victim/Witness Assistance Program if:

  • You have questions about your role as a witness
  • You would like an explanation of court procedures
  • You would like a tour of the courtroom before you testify
  • You would like a separate waiting room during the proceedings
  • You need a referral for housing, financial, medical, or counseling assistance
  • You would like to be notified of the status of your case
  • You would like to be notified of the offender's status
  • You want assistance in preparing your Victim Impact Statement

The Office of the General Registrar is currently staffed by one full-time Assistant Registrar.

  • Job Description - VICTIM WITNESS PROGRAM ASSISTANT(Part-Time) for Sussex County, Virginia

    • Opening: June 29, 2022
      Deadline: Open Until Filled

    • Position Information:

    • The Sussex County Victim/Witness Assistance Program has an opening for a Victim/Witness Advocate. The position will entail providing administrative support to the Victim Witness Director as well as informational support and guidance to crime victims. 
    • Specific duties include:

    • Provide direct support to crime victims, including, but not limited to:
      • Contacting victims to explain legal and courtroom procedures; accompanying victims to court; assisting victims in filing claims with the Virginia Victims Compensation Fund; and providing pertinent information to agencies and programs;
      • Serving as liaison between victims and the prosecutor, law enforcement, and/or court personnel;
      • Providing crisis intervention and referrals for supportive counseling to minimize the traumatic impact of crime and the criminal justice process;
      • Compiling and maintaining files and case management system;
      • Representing the Victim/Witness Program in community or special related events;
      • Tracking cases and services provided to victims using the Client Information Management System (CIMS) and prosecutor by OMNI case management system;
      • Performing administrative functions such as preparing court dockets, composing letters and narrative reports, filing, faxing, answering phones and ordering program supplies.

    • Selection Criteria:

      • Minimum: High school diploma or GED plus at least two years of experience in a professional office setting.
      • Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates who have a degree in criminal justice, human services or a related field. Candidates with a working knowledge of the criminal justice system or advocacy training/experience is a plus.

    • Special Requirements:

    • A background check will be conducted on all candidates who are finalists for the position. A valid driver’s license and access to personal transportation are a must.

    • Additional Information:

    • Work Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (24 hours/week).
    • Submissions: Provide via email: Cover Letter of Interest; Resume with References.
    • Contact: Kelli Wyatt, Victim/Witness Director; Email: kwyatt@sussexcao.com
    • The County of Sussex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
      EOE / ADA / Drug Free Workplace

 

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