Who We Are
The Floyd County Victim Witness Assistance Program, part of the Floyd County District Attorney’s office, was established in 1986. We have three employees: a Director and 2 Victim Advocates. The Victim Witness also has interns and volunteers throughout the year from local high schools and colleges.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program does not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, immigration status or disability. If you believe you have been the target of discrimination, you have the right to file a civil rights complaint. Information on how to file a civil rights complaint can be found on the Office of Justice Programs website: http://www.ojp.gov/about/ocr/complaint.htm.
What We Do
The Victim Witness Assistance Program serves as victim advocates within the court system. Victim Witness personnel works to improve the treatment that victims receive in the criminal justice system, provides practical direction and moral support to victims of crime and their families. Victim Witness ensures victims are afforded the rights to which they are entitled under the Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights.
You have a right under O.C.G.A. §17-10-1.2(a)(3) to testify about the impact of the crime at the sentencing. Also, per O.C.G.A. §17-10-1.2(a)(5), you have the right to attend these proceedings and if you’re not present but reasonable efforts were made to notify you, the plea will continue as long as reasonable efforts were made to notify you.
Services provided to victims by this program include, but are not limited to:
- An explanation of the steps involved in the criminal justice process
- Notification of all court hearings and proceedings, including scheduling changes, at the written request of the victim
- Information on the status and progress of their case
- A liaison with the prosecutor from the DA's Office assigned to the case
- Orientation of victims and witnesses to the courtroom and court officials
- Interpreter services
- Assistance with travel accommodations for victims and witnesses if needed, and subpoenaed, at trial
- Accompaniment to court proceedings
- A safe and secure area for victims and witnesses to wait before testifying
- Assistance in certain civil procedures, such as Family Violence hearings if there is a pending criminal case
- Information and referrals to social service agencies, counseling services and other organizations and individuals that can help with current issues and personal problems that the victim is facing, as well as provide long-term support
- Assistance in completing forms, such as Victim Impact Statements, Victim Compensation applications, Restitution and other paperwork
Location and Parking
The Victim Witness Assistance Program is located on the second floor of the Floyd County Courthouse at 3 Government Plaza, Suite 220, Rome, GA. Visitors may park for one hour in the parking lot off of North Fifth Avenue that is adjacent to the building. For more extended periods, parking is available at the parking deck on Tribune Street behind the Law Enforcement Center.
Victim Witness Forms
Below is the Victim Witness Assistance paperwork: Victim Impact Statement, Victim Notification. Restitution Application and Victims Compensation Application. If you have any questions about this paperwork, please call the Victim Witness office at (706) 291-5210 and we will be happy to assist you. You can also mail these forms back to our office at Victim Witness, 3 Government Plaza, Suite 220, Rome, GA 30161.