Lisa Skeens - Victim Witness Director
293 Clintwood Main Street
PO Box 1859
Clintwood, VA 24228-0190
What is a Victim?
A victim is: A person who has suffered physical, psychological or economic harm as a direct result of a felony or of an assault and battery, stalking, sexual battery, attempted sexual battery
A parent or legal guardian of such person who is a minor
A spouse, child, parent, or legal guardian of such person who is physically
or mentally incapacitated.
The Victim/Witness Program provides the following services upon request for crime victims:
Criminal Justice Process Support and Explanation
Accompaniment to Court
Testimony Preparation Assistance
Tips for Testifying
Virginia Victims Fund
Referrals to Social Service or Other Agencies
Commonwealth’s Attorney Liaison
Victim Impact Statement and Preparation
Parole Input for Cases Before 1995
Victim Rights as outline by the Code of Virginia
Case Status Information
Notice of Court Dates
Status of Bond
Victim Notification Forms
Notice of Appeal and Habeas Corpus
Separate Waiting Room
Tips for Courtroom Appearances
Tell the truth
Have dates, times, places and other details clear in your mind.
Bring photos, medical records, receipts, values of stolen property, estimates of damage to verify restitution. Please provide these to V/W prior to the court date.
Do not have your cell phone or pager turned on in the courtroom.
Your clothing should be appropriate, clean and conservative.
Be prepared to wait. Bring a book or other quiet activity to occupy your time and or child’s.
Look at the Judge during your testimony. If you hear “objection” stop talking until the Judge makes a decision. If you do not know the answer, say, “I don’t know.” Do not guess. If you do not understand a question, say, “I don’t understand the question.”
Speak loudly, clearly and concisely. Do not use slang unless you are exactly repeating language used during the crime. Answer only questions asked, and do not add to the answer.
Your testimony should not contain your opinion unless you are asked. Do not offer a judgment about the defendant or argue with the attorney's or judge.