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Erie County District Attorney's Office-Victim Witness Services Program
The Erie County District Attorney's Office- Victim Witness Services Program provides comprehensive and holistic supportive services to all types of crime victims. Advocates assist crime victims with navigating the criminal justice process and provide court accompaniment and education about available options and services within the community. Advocates provide direct linkage and referrals, and assist with the completion and processing of claims to the NYS Office of Victim Services. Victim Services are typically provided from arrest onward, however, limited services are available to victims where no arrest has been made. The Victim Witness Services Program provides community presentations regarding the program, training of law enforcement officers and criminal justice practitioners on a number of topics, and actively participates in organizations whose efforts result in improved treatment of victims in Erie County, Western New York and New York State.