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Domestic Violence Prosecution
The Juvenile and Domestic Relations Prosecution Team is composed of prosecutors and victim/witness advocates from the Commonwealths Attorneys Office and an investigator from the Newport News Police Department. These individuals work as a team to make sure domestic violence victims receive information and support throughout all stages of the criminal justice process. In response to the growing number of domestic violence incidents in the community, the goals are:
As a victim of domestic violence, its normal to experience feelings of helplessness, fear, shame, guilt, and anger. You may also blame yourself and feel responsible for what is happening to you and your family. Remind yourself that what is happening to you is not your fault, and you are not responsible for your partners behavior. Without professional help, it is likely that your partner will become violent and abusive again. You and your children may be in even greater danger next time.
The Commonwealths Attorneys Office is concerned for your safety and well-being. We are not here to break up your familywe simply want the abuse to stop and your abuser to seek help in the form of counseling. In some cases, unfortunately, jail, probation, or substance abuse treatment may be a more appropriate solution to the problem.
By participating in the prosecution process (testifying), you are taking a very important step, letting your abuser know that you will not tolerate the abuse any longer. It takes a lot of courage to come forward and take a stand against the abuse, and you will not be alone in taking this step.
Sometimes, depending on the evidence available, our office may choose to proceed with a case without your testimony and cooperation. However, in most cases, your testimony is required. Our primary focus is to stop the violence in your family by holding the abuser accountable, while ensuring that the rights and safety of you and your family are protected at all times.