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Victim-Witness Assistance Program

Victim-Witness Assistance Program

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – Victim-Witness Assistance Unit was established to provide victims and witnesses the assistance and technical support they require, and ultimately, to enhance prosecution processes.

The Victim-Witness Assistance Unit is the largest in the United States, composed of 62 outstanding specialists fully dedicated to support and provide assistance to victims and witnesses. These specialized services are extended to all felony and preliminary hearing courts in Chicago, including juvenile delinquency courts. Such an undertaking is also extended to all felony trial courts throughout the suburban Cook County. Furthermore, the victim-witness assistance program provides specialized services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, gang crimes, misdemeanors, and felony. Disabled victims, members of the LGBTQ+ community victims, senior victims, and the family and friends of homicide victims are also given help. Victims with post-conviction cases are also provided with assistance through appeals and parole hearings by the specialists.

Victim’s Compensation Act

Victim’s Rights in Illinois

Victims and Witnesses may request the following services:

The Victim-Witness Program is comprised of different units, including the Post-Conviction Cases, Felony Trial, Felony Preliminary Hearings for the City of Chicago, County-Wide Specialists, Misdemeanor, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Juvenile Court, and Homicide Services. Individualized Services are provided to the coordinators based upon the nature of the crime involved.

Specialized Programs include:

Updated: August 8, 2020

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