Victim Witness Advocate

  • The Victim Witness Advocate, although a member of the District Attorney's Office (DA's Office), is not an attorney. Victim Witness Advocates are available in every district (or criminal) court in Massachusetts.
  • This person is responsible for acting as a contact person for victims of crimes in the DA's Office. He or she contacts all victims of crimes and informs them of their rights. He or she also finds out what the victims would like to have as the disposition of the case, or what they would like to see happen if the perpetrator is found guilty. Additionally, the Victim Witness Advocate provides support to the survivor, discusses safety planning with the survivor, and refers survivors to other services and resources. The Victim Witness Advocate also assists with the restraining order process, as outlined above.