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Victim-Witness Assistance Program

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM...

No one expects to be a victim of crime. But it happens. One American household in three is victimized by serious crime every year. If you or someone close to you is affected by crime, you may be shocked, angered, or shamed. And you may feel helpless and confused. The criminal justice system has traditionally ignored the special needs of victims while concentrating on protecting the rights of the accused. But the tide is changing. The Victim-Witness Assistance Program is here to offer crime victims and witnesses emotional support during the aftermath of crime and guidance through the maze of the criminal justice system.

For Assistance, Please Contact:
Chatham County Courthouse, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 2309, Savannah, GA 31402
(912) 652-7329
(800) 477-5959
Office hours are from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday - Friday.

The following services are free of charge to crime victims and witnesses:

  • INFORMATION about the status of your court case via letters and phone calls.

  • NOTICE of court proceedings, including changes.

  • INFORMATION and explanation about criminal proceedings.

  • ORIENTATION to the courtroom setting.

  • COMPANION to attend court with you and provide emotional support.

  • ASSISTANCE applying for financial compensation for victims of violent crime.

  • EMPLOYER INTERVENTION to explain time missed from work due to required court appearances.

  • PRIVATE WAITING AREA prior to your court appearance.

  • AID in retrieving stolen items that are being held as evidence.

  • SUPPORT GROUP for family members and friends of murder victims.

  • ASSISTANCE if you are intimidated, harassed or afraid.

  • WITNESS INFORMATION LINE printed on Superior Court (652-7330) and State Court (652-7327) subpoenas gives you up-to-date information on court cases, reporting times and changes in when to report. You can view this information by clicking here.

  • ADVOCACY AND SUPPORT with any problems that you may be having as a result of the crime itself or court appearances.

  • REFERRAL to social service agencies, counselors and others who can assist you with personal problems.