Protection of Victims and Witnesses

    It is against the law to tamper with or retaliate against a witness, victim, or informant in a criminal case. If any person threatens or harasses you because of your involvement in a criminal case, immediately contact your local police agency and the State Attorney's Office.

    You may want to seek a protective injunction from the court if you are the victim of domestic violence, repeat violence, sexual violence or dating violence. This is commonly called a Restraining Order.

Domestic Violence means an act or a threat of violence committed by a person who is related by blood or marriage, or who resides with you as if a Family or someone with whom you share a child.

Repeat Violence means two incidents of violence committed by the same person (who does not have a domestic relationship with you) one of which occurred within the last six months.

The Judge can order this person to stay away from you as well as any other conditions necessary for your protection. You don't need an attorney to get an injunction. Contact the Clerk of Court Civil Division, Refuge House, or the Victim Assistance Unit for more information.

THE ADDRESS CONFIDENTIALITY PROGRAM provides services to victims of domestic violence who are attempting to escape from actual or threatened violence through relocation.  Participants are provided with an address designated by the Attorney General as a substitute mailing address in order to prevent their abusers from finding them.  Victims who have left an abusive situation may apply by calling 1-800-226-6667 or contacting a Victim Advocate.

National Organization for Victim's Assistance



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