The Victim Services Division of the District Attorney’s Office for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit provides information, assistance, and support for victims of crimes within the circuit’s five counties. Victim Advocates are highly trained specialists who assist victims in navigating the justice system and finding appropriate support services. These advocates act as liaisons between victims and the court system. They provide victims with information about their rights, the status of their case, and services for which victims may be eligible.
The Georgia Constitution and the Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights declare that victims of certain crimes and delinquent acts shall be accorded certain basic rights. These rights include, but are not limited to, the right to:
Victims must keep the following people and agencies informed of their current address and telephone numbers if they want to be notified of specific actions in a criminal case against the accused:
It is the right and the responsibility of the victim who desires notification under this chapter or any other notification statute to keep the above informed of any changes. If we cannot contact you, we cannot make you aware of important matters concerning the case with which you are involved.
If you need protection, or are threatened or intimidated by the offender, immediately contact the police and make a report. In an emergency, dial 911.
When other resources have been exhausted, the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council may be able to assist victims with up to $25,000 in compensation for expenses and loss of income or support that resulted from their victimization. The crime must have been reported within 72 hours, and a claim must be submitted within three years of the crime or the death of the victim. If a victim is a minor, he or she must apply within three years of his or her eighteenth birthday. The most common compensable crimes include child molestation, cruelty to children, child abuse, human trafficking, sexual offenses, domestic violence, reckless conduct, homicide, homicide by vehicle, hit-and-run, serious injury by vehicle, DUI crashes, assault or battery, and robbery. An individual may qualify for financial compensation if they:
The program covers several types of expenses, including the following categories with categorical caps:
For more information and how to apply, contact a victim advocate, visit www.CJCC.Georgia.gov/Victims-Compensation, or call 404-657-1956.