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Victim Witness Program

The Clarke County Victim Witness Program works to ensure all crime victims and witnesses are treated with dignity and respect as well as receive fair and compassionate treatment while participating in the criminal justice system. Clarke County’s Victim Witness Program is located within the Commonwealth’s Attorney office and is funded by a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services grant.

Victim Witness Program is located at 102 N. Church St. in Berryville, Va.

Hours
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Beth Marple
Program Director
(540) 955-5111
(540) 955-5156 (fax)
bmarple@clarkecounty.gov
vwc@clarkecounty.gov

The definition of victim includes spouses and children of all victims; parents and guardians of minor victims; parents, guardians, and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide; and foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances. 

The Victims Bill of Rights and other victims’ rights laws recognize the following individuals as crime victims: Anyone suffering physical, emotional, or financial harm as a direct result of a felony or certain misdemeanors. Note: Misdemeanors are assault and battery, assault and battery against a family or household member, stalking, sexual battery, attempted sexual battery, and driving while intoxicated.

The Victims Bill of Rights ensures:

  • Victims of crime have opportunities to make the courts aware of the full impact of the crimes;
  • they are treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity;
  • their privacy is protected;
  • they are informed of their rights;
  • they receive authorized services; and
  • they are heard at all critical stages of the criminal justice process.