Scott County Victim/Witness Program
Contact is Trina Rollins
202 W Jackson St, Suite 312
Gate City, VA 24251
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 or was a victim of a suicide
The Victim/Witness Staff provides the following services upon request for crime victims:
Criminal Justice Process Support and Explanation
Accompaniment to Court
Trial Preparation Assistance
Tips for Testifying
Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
Referrals to Social Service or Other Agencies
Commonwealth’s Attorney Liaison
Victim Impact Statement and Preparation
Parole Input for Cases Before 1995
Right to Remain in Courtroom on Specific Cases
Case Status Information
Notice of Court Dates
Release of Prisoners (Dept. of Corrections or Local)
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.
Do not have your cell phone or pager turned on in the courtroom.
Your clothing should be appropriate, clean and conservative. Please no jeans with holes, no shorts, mini-skirts, belly shirts, or T-Shirts with logos.
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 describe the nature and extent of the injuries or damage resulting from the crime and whether a weapon was used. Your testimony should not contain your opinion unless you are asked. Do not offer a judgment about the defendant or argue with the defense attorney.