Violent crime shatters lives and changes futures. It affects the victims, witnesses, their families, neighborhoods and sometimes even whole communities. The Victim Services Section was established to ensure that rights of crime victims are protected. The Victim Services Section through its dedicated staff provides immediate and direct support and assistance to crime victims, their families and witnesses suffering emotionally, financially and physically. These free services are available to help victims cope with the trauma and the aftermath of victimization and to lessen the inconveniences often associated with participation in the criminal justice process.
All victims have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. You have the right to be present, informed and heard.
What services does the Victim Services Section provide?
- Provide on-scene crisis intervention
- Provide emotional support to victims and families
- Assist with filing Criminal Injuries Compensation claims
- Protection and how to obtain it
- Information about the criminal justice process
- Informing victims of their rights
- Informing victims of state programs like Criminal Injuries Compensation, Address Confidentiality, and VINELink.
- Provide resources and referrals
- Accompany the victim to court and be present during hearing to provide support.
- Provide information for obtaining a protective order
- Restitution and property retrieval
- Interpreter Services
- Notice of court dates, defendant status and appeals
- Assist with Victim Impact Statements
- Civil and Criminal court accompaniment
Who is eligible for services?
- Residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Herndon and Vienna
- Family and friends of homicide and manslaughter victims
- Victims of:
§ Adult Sexual Assault
§ Child physical and sexual abuse
§ Elder abuse
§ Aggravated assault
§ Felony Hit and Run
§ Malicious Wounding
§ Domestic Violence
§ Bias Crimes
§ Human Trafficking
How do I get help?
Call 703-246-2141 and a Victim Specialist will assist you.
What if a victim has limited or no English language skills?
- VSS has a multi-lingual staff
- Interpreters are called in when needed
- The Victim Services Section is available to assist you and provide information.
- Not all rights and services are applicable in every case.
The Virginia Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) is an automated system, which automatically notifies registered victims about changes in custody status of particular offenders serving sentences in Virginia local and regional jails and the Virginia Department of Corrections. For more information about the VINE Program, please call 703-246-2141. You can also see www.vinelink.com or call 1-800-467-4943.
Local Contact Numbers:
Fairfax County Police Non-Emergency Number: 703-691-2131
Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office: 703-246-2776
Fairfax County Office for Women: 703-324-5730
Helpful links for crime victims:
Summary of Virginia’s Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act
Fairfax County Domestic Violence and Stalking Resources