Fayette County - Ohio

Victim Witness

Division

Phone: 740.335.8033

Fax: 740.333.3596

 

Email: vicwit@fayette-co-oh.com

Address:

 

Fayette County Victim Witness Division

133 South Main St. / Suite Lower Level

Washington Court House, Ohio 43160

Office Hours:

 

Monday thru Friday

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Staff:

Director/Common Pleas Court Advocate: Stefani Payton

Juvenile Court Advocate: Amanda Pendergraft

Common Pleas Court Advocate: Valerie Metz

Municipal Court Advocate: Sonia Haithcock

Municipal Court Building

119 North Main Street, Washington Court House, OH 43160

Assisting victims of crime. . .

and overcoming the adverse effects

The Fayette County Victim Witness Division of the Prosecutor’s Office has the responsibility to aid and assist victims of crime in overcoming the adverse effects of their victimization from cases originating in Common Pleas, Juvenile, and Municipal Courts. The Fayette County Victim Witness Division provides Court Advocacy in all Fayette County Courts, Assistance in filing and information about Protection Orders, Notification on all Court cases, County Crisis Response available through law enforcement or the area hospital, Emergency Assistance, Assistance in filing for Victim’s of Crime Compensation, and other services.

Helpful brochures that may be downloaded  to assist victims of crime

Victim Witness

Teens

Domestic Violence

Protection Orders

Juvenile Court

Municipal Court

Victim and Witness Assistance

 

This office is committed to providing any assistance possible to the victims and witnesses of crimes in Fayette County. The cooperation of the victim or witness is most important to the successful

prosecution in a criminal case.

The Victim Witness Division is here to help you and will make every effort to ensure that victims and witnesses receive prompt notification of scheduled changes that involve their case.

The purpose of the Victim Witness Division is to .....

• Provide more consideration and personal attention to victims and witnesses.

• Sensitize criminal justice professionals, the media, and the community to the needs of victims of crime.

• Assure that victims and witnesses are informed of the progress of the case in which they are involved.

• Advocate for victims and their families by connecting them with local resources that will aid them in their recovery process.

• Provide an advocate to all victims at all stages of the criminal justice process.

• Provide information and advocacy during post sentencing hearings.

• Petition for and provide advocacy during Civil Protection Orders.

• Assist victims with applying for Victims of Crime Compensation.

• Assist victims with Victim Notification and VINE.

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Teens, Dating Violence, and Sexual Assaults

Are you in a abusive relationship?

• Does your girlfriend/boyfriend call you names?

• Do they text or call excessively and get upset when you don't respond?

• Monitor your email or profile on a social networking site (facebook, myspace)

• Feel they have a right or need to know where you are most of the time?

• Get jealous or angry when you spend time with friends or family?

• Push, slap, or punch you for any reason?

• Restrain you or keep you from leaving during an argument?

• Guilt or force you into having sex with them?

• Threaten to hurt you or themselves if your relationship ever ends?

• Complain about or try to control what you wear?

• Push you to do things you aren't sure you want to (like sex, drugs)

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Domestic Violence and Safety Planning

 

What is Domestic Violence . . .

 

Domestic Violence is when a family or household member uses physical violence, threats, intimidation, and/ or emotional sexual or economic abuse to maintain power and control over the other person, usually within and intimate relationship. Domestic violence is most often a combination of psychological and physical actions; the physical results are just the most visible. Domestic violence is a pattern of conduct in which one intimate partner uses force or threats of force to control the other person.

 

When a family or household member tries to cause you bodily harm by hitting, punching, beating, or physically hurting you, that is domestic violence. When a family or household member make you afraid that you will be harmed, that is domestic violence. When a family or household member stalks, commits sexually oriented offenses against you, or forces sexual relations on you that is domestic violence. When a family or household member abuses your children, that is domestic violence.

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Protection Orders

There are four different kinds of protection orders. Criminal court may issue a Temporary Protection Order (TPO) or an Anti-Stalking Protection Order (SPO) depending on the type of charge and your relationship to the defendant. Civil (Domestic) Court issues Civil Protection Orders (CPO) if you are a family or household member of the defendant. If you are being stalked, Common Pleas Court may issue a Civil Staking Protection Order (CSPO).

 

A Protection Order is granted by a Judge and orders the defendant to stay away from you. The defendant should not enter your home or approach you at your place of work or school. If the defendant violates the protection order, a new charge could be filed and the defendant could be arrested again.

Although the Judge may grant the Protection Order, it does not guarantee your safety. It is important for you to be very careful and take steps to ensure your safety as much as possible.

The law (2919.27 and 3113.31 Ohio Revised Code) states that protection orders issued anywhere in the State of Ohio are enforceable throughout the state - if they are current and still valid. Comparable protection orders issued in other states may also be valid in Ohio.

From:

A Guide to Protection Orders

Prepared by:

RICHARD C. PFEIFFER, JR.

CITY ATTORNEY

COLUMBUS, OHIO

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Juvenile Court

What Should I know ...

• Bring your subpoena.

• Tell the truth. Don't' guess or make up answers. If you don't remember, say so. Honesty is the best policy.

• Dress neatly. Avoid chewing gum, laughing, or making light comments.

• Be polite and courteous.

• Be patient as there may be delays in your testifying before the Court.

• Be attentive during proceedings. Listen carefully to the questions asked. Do not rush or give answers without thinking. If you do not understand the question, ask that it be explained.

• Think before you speak.

• Speak clearly and loudly enough so the Judge can hear you. Do not nod you head for a yes or a no.

• Answer only the questions asked of you. Do not exaggerate, give your conclusions or opinions. Tell the facts that you have observed or know to be true.

• If you are asked if anyone has talked with you concerning the case, say yes, even if you talked only to the police officers and attorneys.

• Do not speak when others are speaking .

• Prior to testifying try to remember the scene and what happened. Do not try to memorize your testimony - just remember the facts.

• Both t he Prosecutor and the Defense Attorney will be questioning you. Be courteous and do not argue with either attorney. Never lose your temper. Above all, ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH!

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Municipal Court

This Court is committed to providing any assistance possible to the victims and witnesses of crimes. The cooperation of the victim or witness is most important to the successful prosecution in a criminal case.

 

The Municipal Court advocate is here to help you and will make every effort to ensure that victims and witnesses receive prompt notification of scheduled changes that involve their case. Whenever possible, Victim Witness will also provide information and notification of:

• Judicial proceedings

• Defendant's release on bond

• Charges filed

• Defendant's pleading to the case

• Schedule trial dates

• Changes in custody of defendant

• Changes in trial dates

• Verdict

• Right to submit a victim impact statement to the court prior to sentencing

• Method of application for up to $50,000 in Crime Victims Compensation, when applicable.

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