Victim-Witness Program

The Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) is dedicated to empowering and advocating for individuals who have been victimized by crime. If you have been the victim of a crime or a witness to a crime, your help is needed to bring to justice those who committed the crime. VWAP is here to make the criminal justice process experience easier for you, and services are free of charge. It is the responsibility of this program to ensure victims rights are upheld as stated in in Code of Virginia §19.2-11.01. Rights and services you may be entitled to include:

Information about:

  • The criminal justice process and your role as a victim/witness
  • Protective orders and other forms of protection
  • How to obtain a warrant if one has not been issued
  • Financial assistance, including the Virginia Victims Fund and restitution
  • Address and telephone confidentiality
  • Availability of separate waiting areas during court proceedings

Notification of:

  • Changes in court dates
  • Significant developments in a case such as possible plea offers
  • Defendant's custody status and bond conditions if released from jail
  • Opportunity to prepare a written Victim Impact Statement prior to sentencing of a defendant

Assistance with:

  • Obtaining a protective order and other forms of protection
  • Filling out forms for the Virginia Victims Fund
  • Referrals to local community resources
  • Understanding a defendant's bond conditions
  • Receiving intercession services with your employer
  • Receiving the services of an interpreter

Although the program is administered through the County Administrators Office, the VWAP office is located on the:

2nd floor of the Appomattox County Courthouse
297 Court Street
Appomattox, VA 24522.

Normal hours of operation are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday. For more information, please contact the Director of VWAP, Libby Ashby, at 434-664-0119 or emailing Libby Ashby.