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1 Sandra Abbott th ST. Suite D Charlottesville, VA Phone: Fax: 434—

2  Anyone suffering physical, emotional or financial harm as a direct result of a felony or certain misdemeanors

3  Waiting Area separate from the accused during court  Further harm and threats of harm  Protective orders

4  Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund  Prompt return of property being held as evidence, when no longer needed for court  Restitution for damages or loss, if ordered by the court

5  Information on the status of your case throughout the court process  Assistance in dealing with your employer if you need to miss work  Prisoner release notification

6  Victim Impact Statement preparation  Courtroom presence during trial  Court Room Assistance  Confidentiality of phone number and address  Closed preliminary hearing in limited situations  Use of two-way closed circuit television in limited situations

7  Confidentiality  Interpreters

8  Victimization over the last five years in Albemarle County  Our local statistics according to Race

9 ◦ Any person who commits an assault and battery against a family or household member is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor. ◦ Upon a conviction for assault and battery against a family or household member, where it is alleged in the warrant, information, or indictment on which a person is convicted, that such person has been previously convicted of two offenses against a family or household member of (i) assault and battery against offenses against a family or household member in violation of this section, (ii) malicious wounding in violation of , (iii) aggravated malicious wounding in violation of , (iv) malicious bodily injury by means of a substance in violation of , or (v) an offense under the law of any other jurisdiction which has the same elements of any of the above offense, in any combination, all of which occurred within a period of 20 years, and each of which occurred on a different date, such person is guilty of a Class 6 felony. ◦ Whenever a warrant for a violation of this section is issued, the magistrate shall issue an emergency protective order as authorized by except if defendant is a minor an emergency protective order shall not be required. ◦ The definition of family or household member in applies to this section.

10  Offers eligible people charged with a domestic violence offense an alternative to a jail sentence. In order to participate in this program, defendant must be willing to participate in an intensive 24 week education program to address his behaviors

11  Nine week program  Doesn’t have to be court ordered  Typically court ordered for females and non intimate partner defendants

12  Substance abuse  Mental Health Issues  No contact with the victim/no violent or abusive contact  Not to trespass/come on victim’s property  Restitution

13  Can the victim dismiss charges?  What happens when the victim doesn’t show up when subpoenaed for court?  Victim is getting harassed by the defendant’s family  Financial concerns  Safety concerns Does the victim have to be in the same room as the defendant? What if the victims says she doesn’t remember?

14  Family abuse protective orders ◦ Emergency protective order ◦ Preliminary protective order ◦ Permanent protective order

15  A: Emergency protective order  B. Preliminary protective order  C. Permanent protective order

16  Protective orders  Custody  Child support  visitation

17 It sometimes takes a whole community to work with families who have been victimized of domestic violence Victim’s safety is our first priority ADT/911 phones


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