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Dickenson County

Victim/Witness Program


Lisa Skeens - Victim Witness Director

293 Clintwood Main Street

PO Box 1859

Clintwood, VA 24228-0190

Phone: 276-926-1678 

Call/Text: 276-365-6214

Fax: 276-926-8732



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 


  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.




The Victim/Witness Program provides the following services upon request for crime victims:


Courtroom Assistance

Criminal Justice Process Support and Explanation

Accompaniment to Court

Testimony Preparation Assistance

                    Tips for Testifying                     

Courtroom Tours

Confidentiality Forms

Interpreter Services


Financial Assistance

Virginia Victims Fund


Referrals to Social Service or Other Agencies

Property Return


Victim Input

Commonwealth’s Attorney Liaison

Victim Impact Statement and Preparation

Parole Input for Cases Before 1995

Victim Rights as outline by the Code of Virginia



Case Status Information

Notice of Court Dates

VINE Notifications

Status of Bond

Victim Notification Forms

Notice of Appeal and Habeas Corpus



Protection Orders

Separate Waiting Room

Court Accompaniment

Safety Planning


Support Services

Crisis Intervention

Crisis Referrals

Emergency Assistance


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. Please provide these to V/W prior to the court date.

  • Do not have your cell phone or pager turned on in the courtroom. 

  • Your clothing should be appropriate, clean and conservative.

  • Be prepared to wait.  Bring 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 not contain your opinion unless you are asked.  Do not offer a judgment about the defendant or argue with the attorney's or judge.

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