Acting Victim Witness Coordinator Patricia Hayek
The mission of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office of Victim Witness Advocacy is to provide services and support to victims and witnesses of crime that will assist them through the criminal justice system and will aid and empower them in their recovery from a traumatic event.
When you are a victim of a crime or a witness to a traumatic event, it can seem overwhelming and you may be uncertain of who can help you through the crisis and the aftermath. The advocates employed by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office are available to provide information, support and advocacy, link you to recovery services-all with the goal of helping you to recover and be supported through the justice system. Our services are free of charge and offered in English and Spanish. Access to an interpreter service, if needed, is available to assist you.
If you are a victim or witness of crime, trained victim witness advocates are available to answer your questions about the criminal justice system, provide you with case-specific information, support through the criminal justice system and provide referrals to victim service agencies that can assist you with your loss or injury.
The services provided are:
- Information about the criminal justice system and juvenile justice system
- Advocate for the rights and needs of crime victims
- Case specific information and notification
- Assistance with completing the Victim Impact Statement
- Crisis intervention and support counseling
- Provide a secure, separate waiting area for victims and witnesses of crime
- Assistance with a restitution request
- Court accompaniment for hearings, trial, and sentencing
- Prosecution interview accompaniment
- HIV testing of certain charged offenders
- Social service agency referrals
- Counseling referrals
- Assistance with property return
- Assist with completing the Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO) application and follow-up
- Provide letters for school and employer attendance in court
- Information and assistance with VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) and Parole
- Arranging for interpreting services, when needed
- Child care, if needed, when testifying