Lee County Victim/Witness Program

P.O. Box 177  Jonesville, VA 24263

33640 Main Street, Suite 104, 1st Floor

PHONE: 276-346-2689 or 276-346-3490

FAX: 276-346-1556

 

Donna Kolb

Victim/Witness Director

Lee County Sheriff

Email: ddkolb@leecova.org

Amy Taylor

Victim/Witness Assistant Director

Lee County Sheriff

Email: ataylor@leecova.org

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 or driving while intoxicated;

 

  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:

 

Courtroom Assistance

Criminal Justice Process Support and Explanation

Accompaniment to Court

Testimony Preparation Assistance

                    Tips for Testifying                     

Courtroom Tours

Confidentiality Forms

Interpreter Services

 

Financial Assistance

Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund

Restitution

Referrals to Social Service or Other Agencies

Property Return

 

Victim Input

Commonwealth’s Attorney Liaison

Victim Impact Statement and Preparation

Parole Input for Cases Before 1995

Right to Remain in Courtroom on Specific Cases

 

Notifications

Case Status Information

Notice of Court Dates

Release of Inmate (Dept. of Corrections or Regional Jail)

Employer Intercession

Status of Bond

Victim Notification Forms

Notice of Appeal and Habeas Corpus

                       

Protection

Protection Orders

Separate Waiting Room

Court Accompaniment

Safety Planning

 

Support Services

Crisis Intervention

Crisis Referrals

Emergency Assistance

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 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 change for snack machines, and 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.