Victim/Witness Assistance

Staff


Theresa Middleton, Chief, 301-952-4010
JoAnne Douglas, Assistant Chief, 301-952-4418

Overview


The State's Attorney's Office protects the rights of victims of crime and informs victims of their rights while they are involved in the criminal justice process.

How We Help
  • Our office provides direct assistance and information regarding court proceedings Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • We help solve problems caused by necessary court appearances, such as being excused from work.
  • We provide a secure waiting room for witnesses making court appearances and escort them from the waiting room to the courtroom.
  • We aid eligible victims in seeking court-ordered restitution for stolen property, as well as compensation for physical injuries.
  • We provide information about social services available to crime victims.
  • We encourage victims to describe in a written Victim Impact Statement the harm the crime has caused and how the crime has affected their lives. This Statement is used by the court in determining sentences.
Well-Trained Staff
Our well-trained staff of the Victim/Witness Assistance Unit helps guide victims and witnesses through the sometimes complex criminal justice system. The successful prosecution of criminal cases depends mainly on the support and assistance victims and witnesses provide, especially their willingness to testify in court. It is our responsibility to ensure that victims and witnesses are treated with dignity and respect.

Homicide Survivors Support Group
The Victim/Witness Assistance Unit also conducts a bimonthly Homicide Survivors Support Group which provides short-term grief counseling, referrals, informational materials and a resource library to spouses, children, siblings, parents and other family members of victims who have been murdered in Prince George's County.

What You Need to Know
See details and definitions on particular terms and topics to learn more about the process.