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.

[NEW as of 8/2/23 until filled]

Victim Witness Director

Department:  Commonwealth's Attorney’s Office
August 2, 2022
Deadline:        Open Until Filled
Salary Range: $52,297.00 - $67,675.00 (excellent health & retirement benefits)

Job Description:

The Victim Witness Director performs crisis intervention, advocacy and case management duties for victims of crime.  The position is supervised and housed in the Sussex Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.  The Director works closely with law enforcement agencies, court personnel, state agencies and other human service delivery organizations.  This position provides criminal justice processes and victims’ rights information; sends out correspondence to victims at various stages of the criminal justice process; assists victims with filing claims with the State’s Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund; assists victims with the submission of Victim Impact Statements and the development of Restitution Plans. 


  • Maintaining a variety of records and files pertaining to assigned cases and preparing reports with the State, County and Office.   Exercising independent judgment, discretion and initiative in ensuring the proper services are delivered to victims and the general public.  Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with agencies, the general public and the court.
  • Understanding the criminal justice system, court processes & procedures, court filings & dockets, and basic administration of justice.   Understanding of the Protective Order Process and how to complete the necessary paperwork in assisting victims with filings and the actual hearings. 
  • Knowledge of the Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act, Virginia Victims Fund & grant program with the State.  Knowledge of accounting, finance and bookkeeping related to a budget & expenditures.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, oral & written communication, standard office equipment, office policies & procedures, and working with sensitive & confidential information.


  • High school graduate or GED equivalent with 3 years or more experience; Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in social work, criminal justice or a related human services environment is a plus; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and able to pass a criminal background check. Fingerprint submission required.



The County of Sussex is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
EOE/ADA/Drug-Free Workplace.

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