Our Division of Victim Services goal is to empower victims and witnesses of crime through advocacy and support services while promoting successful prosecution.
The Division of Victim Services has specially trained and experienced advocates to work with victims, witnesses and their families throughout and beyond the criminal justice process. Our goal is to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your voice is heard. Advocates can assist you with the following services: information on your rights as a crime victim, guidance in dealing with the court system, assistance in completing and filing applications for crime victim compensation, providing contact information for local resources and counseling referrals, emergency assistance, and ongoing support while you learn to cope.
We Offer a Wide-Range of Services to Keep Your Family Safe, Including Victim Services
Our goal is to empower victims and witnesses of crime through advocacy and support services while promoting successful prosecution.
We Will Ensure Your Voice Is Heard
Advocates can assist you with the following:
Providing education to you about your rights as a crime victim
Guidance in dealing with the court system including court accompaniment
Assistance in completing and filing applications for crime victim compensation
Providing contact information for local resources and counseling referrals
A subpoena is an order directing you to be present at the time and place stated. You may receive your subpoena by mail or in person. Upon receipt of a subpoena from the District Attorney’s Office please call this office to determine if you can be placed “on call.” This means you may not have to appear in court until absolutely needed provided we have a reliable way to communicate with you and provided that you can make it to court when requested to do so. Call the District Attorney’s Office at the number listed on your subpoena to be placed “on call.” You must leave both day and nighttime phone numbers where you can be reached during trial week. If you are placed “on call” you will not have to come to the courthouse unless someone from the District Attorney’s Office or a law enforcement agency calls you.
Q: I’m a victim of domestic abuse, can I drop my case?
A: Many people incorrectly believe that a victim has the power to “press charges” against the abuser, or to later “drop the charges.” All crimes are offenses against the community, not just the individual victim. All criminal complaints are prosecuted on behalf of the citizens of the county where the crime occurred and the State of Georgia and not the individual who called the police or the person who may have been personally harmed by the defendant’s conduct. Only the prosecutor can file or dismiss charges. This is important because it takes the responsibility for prosecuting the abuser away from the victim and puts it on the prosecutor – where it legally belongs. It also means that the defendant cannot pressure the victim into dropping the charges.
Q: I’m the victim of domestic abuse and I want to be safe but I don’t want the defendant to go to jail. I want him to get some counseling and not threaten me. Will I be allowed to tell the court my wishes on the sentence should this case result in a conviction?
Yes. Under the Victims’ Bill of Rights found in O.C.G.A. §27-17-1, you have the right to be heard at any hearing involving the plea and sentencing of the defendant. We will help you tell the court your wishes or one of our prosecutors or victim advocates will speak for you. Whether we agree with your recommendation will depend on many factors including the severity of the conduct and past criminal record of the accused. We might not agree with your wishes but we will make sure that your voice is heard.
Q: Once someone is charged with domestic violence is there a way that the case can be resolved without a conviction on the defendant’s record?
With the consent of the victim and in certain cases where the conduct is not too severe and the defendant does not have a past record, the accused may qualify for the District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Diversion Program. Provided the victim is in agreement, the case will be placed on hold for 6 months to a year. During this time the offender must undergo counseling at the defendant’s expense, not harass the victim, commit no new offenses and pay an administrative fee. If all of these terms are complied with then case will be dismissed. If any of the terms are violated then the case will be prosecuted in court.
For more information on the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, please visit: