Victim/Witness Program

A Message from the
Victim Services Unit

The Welcome to the webpage for the Victim Services Unit of the Newport News Commonwealth's Attorney's Office. We are so glad that you stopped by today! Our goal is to provide information and resources that may be helpful for you or someone that you love.

The Victim Services Unit is a division of the Newport News Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and is designed for the purpose of providing quality and compassionate services to crime victims, witnesses and their families, in the City of Newport News. The Victim Services Unit began in the 1980's with one victim advocate and we have grown to a staff of 12 and now serve approximately 3,500 victims and witnesses each year.

It is our goal to provide victims and witnesses with the information, resources, and support needed to get through the trauma of victimization. We are sensitive to the special needs that victims and witnesses may have, and we make every effort to insure that those needs are met. Our advocates are compassionate, competent, and caring individuals who work to make sure that victims and witnesses have the support and tools they need to get through the criminal justice process.

This website will provide you with a variety of information including, but not limited to, the services we provide, community resources, information on the criminal justice system and how to access these services. We are committed to making your experience as positive and comfortable as possible, and if we are unable to provide a service that you need, we will connect you to another source that can help.

Once again, thank you for stopping by and please do not hesitate to contact us via phone, postal mail, or email if you need more information and/or assistance.



If you would like help from the Victim Services Unit, click here to e-mail.

Contact the Victim Services Unit at (757) 926-7443 if:

  • You have questions about your role as a witness;

  • You would like an explanation of court procedures or a tour of the courtroom before you testify;

  • You need someone to speak to your employer to allow you to appear as a witness without loss of wages;

  • Your personal property is being held as evidence and you want to know when you may get it back;

  • You want assistance in preparing your Victim Impact Statement;

  • You want information about qualifying for Victims’ Compensation for personal injuries or counseling;

  • You need a referral to community service agencies that provide emergency, financial, medical, or psychological assistance to crime victims; or

  • You are not receiving restitution payments that were ordered by the Court or you are interested in receiving court-ordered restitution.