Victim/Witness

The Victim/Witness Program offers assistance to anyone who has been victimized by or has witnessed a crime. This program provides a variety of services to crime victims, witnesses and their families, including case information, court orientation and preparation, referrals to community agencies, and assistance with applying for financial
compensation.

Serving the citizens of Lynchburg since 1978, the Victim/Witness Program is staffed by a full-time director and three assistants. The program goals are:

  • Keeping victims informed throughout the criminal justice process
  • Providing emotional support
  • Informing victims of their rights and eligibility regarding compensation for personal injuries, counseling, or restitution
  • Informing and coordinating needed community resources and services

As a vital program within the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, the Victim/Witness Program enhances the attorneys ability to prosecute crime and seek justice for victims.

Staff and Contact Information

Victim Witness Office: (434) 455-3790

Susan Clark, Director
(434) 455-3766
sclark@ocalynchburg.com

Susan has served as the Director of the Victim Witness Program for over 25 years.  Prior to her work within the Office of the Commonwealths attorney she held the position of

Angie Mays, Assistant
(434) 455-3780
amays@ocalynchburg.com

Ms. May's legal career commenced in 1974 within the law firm of William P. Harris.  She worked at this office as a legal secretary for approximately 1 year.  From 1975 to 1978 she served as Deputy Clerk at the Lynchburg Circuit Court Clerk's Office. In 1978 Ms. Mays 35 year tenure within the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Lynchburg.  She worked as a Legal Assistant until 2001 when she assumed the Victim Witness Assistant position.  Ms. Mays has attended numerous trainings and received specialized training in crisis intervention and victim advocacy as well as crimes against women and children and elderly populations. Angie has two children, 6 beautiful grandchildren, and a Shih Tzu puppy. She spends the majority of her time with her family and watching baseball...she is a huge Atlanta Braves fan!  She also enjoys gardening, arranging flowers and decorating for special occasions.

Judy McDarris
(434) 455-3781,
jmcdarris@ocalynchburg.com

Mary Booker
(434) 455-3786,
mbooker@ocalynchburg.com

Crime Victim and Witness Rights

As a victim or witness of crime, you have certain rights under Virginia's Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act.  As a victim of a crime, you may be entitled to:

Information about:

  • Your rights as a victim/witness of a crime
  • The criminal justice process and your role as a victim/witness
  • Protective orders and other forms of protection
  • How to obtain a warrant if one has not been issued
  • Financial assistance, including the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund and restitution
  • Address and telephone confidentiality
  • Availability of separate waiting areas during court proceedings

Notification of:

  • Changes in court dates
  • Significant developments in a case such as possible plea offers
  • Defendant's custody status and bond conditions if released from jail
  • Opportunity to prepare a written Victim Impact Statement
    prior to sentencing of a defendant

Assistance with:

  • Obtaining a protective order and other forms of protection
  • Filling out forms for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
  • Referrals to local community resources 
  • Understanding a defendant's bond conditions
  • Receiving intercession services with your employer
  • Receiving the services of an interpreter
  • Non-receipt of restitution payments that were ordered by the Court or if you are interested in receiving court-ordered restitution (See Restitution Program
    for further information
    )

Threatening a victim or a witness is a crime in Virginia.  If you are threatened by the defendant or anyone else in regard to your testimony, call your local police department immediately and notify the Victim/Witness Program at (434) 455-3790.

If you have been provided with assistance by our office as a Victim Witness, we would appreciate your help by taking a few minutes to evaluate our services. All responses remain confidential.