Victim / Witness Services
VICTIM / WITNESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office established a Victim/Witness Assistance Program to help victims deal with the different phases of the criminal justice system, including trial preparation, the trial, sentencing and the appeal process. Our Victim/Witness Director and Coordinators will advise you of your rights under Virginia law, keep you informed of the status of your case, notify you when you are needed to prepare for trial, answer your questions and explain to you what resources might be available to help you. If you have been injured by a criminal act, the State may provide some compensation for your injuries.
The Victim/Witness Assistance Program is located in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. This program assists both crime victims and witnesses of the City of Danville through the criminal justice system.
The goal of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program is to provide support and assistance to those who are emotionally, financially, and physically injured or impacted as a result of a crime, address the needs of the victims by explaining the criminal justice process, keeping the victim informed of the progress of the case and referring victims and their families to any services that may aid them.
Your cooperation with us is absolutely essential if we are to be successful in prosecuting your case. With your help we will do everything possible to see that justice prevails in your case.
As the Victim/Witness Director, Mickgael will provide direct services including information and assistance as required by the Virginia Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act. She will ensure that staff provides appropriate explanations of the complexities of the criminal justice system, specialized counseling, social services and referral to such services. Mickgael will also coordinate with the attorneys by accompanying victims to bond hearings, preliminary hearings, trials and sentencings. She assists with victim updates, notification, pulling police reports, misdemeanor appeal notifications, and scheduling of Victim Witness appointments. Additionally, she will provide information and direction in applying for services available, including benefits from the Virginia Victims Fund, program management functions including program development, staff supervision and budget development.
Mickgael joined the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in 2007. She was promoted to the position of the Director of the Victim Witness Program in 2022.
kelsey A. rigney
As a Victim/Witness Coordinator, Kelsey will provide direct services including information and assistance as required by the Virginia Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act. She will support current ongoing activities that have been initiated by the Director and to assist in all aspects of the program. Kelsey will also coordinate with the attorneys by accompanying victims to bond hearings, preliminary hearings and trials. She assists with victim updates, notification, pulling police reports, misdemeanor appeal notifications, and scheduling of Victim Witness appointments for all three courts.
Kelsey joined the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in 2023.