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Victim Witness Assistance
Coordinator (VWAC)
HM1(SCW/FMF) Williford Dagher, Jessica
Preventive Med Tech
What is a VWAC?
 The command’s primary point-of-contact for victim and
witness assistance matters. Responsible for distri...
Background on the Victim Witness
Assistance Program (VWAP)
 Victims and witnesses of crime normally suffer some
adverse i...
VWAC
 Purpose:
 The VWAC is the CO’s delegate for implementing the VWAP
program at a command.
 Key Responsibilities:
 ...
VWAC
 Key Responsibilities (Continued)
 In cases that are referred to special or general court-martial,
coordinate with ...
VWACs Role in Violent Crimes or
Sexual Assault Cases
 Victims of sexual assaults and violent crimes have reported
feeling...
VWAC Forms
 DD 2701: Initial Information for Victims & Witnesses of Crime
References
 Title 42 U.S. Code, Section 10606: Victim Rights and Restitution Act
 DoD Directive 1030.1: Victim and Witne...
The End
 Any Questions?
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Victim Witness Assistance Program NHTP(VWAP)

  1. 1. Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator (VWAC) HM1(SCW/FMF) Williford Dagher, Jessica Preventive Med Tech
  2. 2. What is a VWAC?  The command’s primary point-of-contact for victim and witness assistance matters. Responsible for distributing VWAP materials and for providing VWAP training to command members.
  3. 3. Background on the Victim Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)  Victims and witnesses of crime normally suffer some adverse impact (e.g., physical, psychological, and financial) from a crime.  Congress enacted a series of laws intended to inform victims and witnesses of their rights and responsibilities in the criminal justice system to ensure their needs are properly addressed.  The Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) is designed to minimize the effects of crime and to help victims and witnesses understand and participate in the military justice system.  VWAP is a multi-disciplinary process intended to assist victims and witnesses through the initial report of a crime and continuing through the investigation, prosecution, sentencing, confinement, and release of the accused offender.
  4. 4. VWAC  Purpose:  The VWAC is the CO’s delegate for implementing the VWAP program at a command.  Key Responsibilities:  Educate command members about the VWAP program.  Provide initial information to victims and witnesses of crimes via DD Form 2701.  Provide form regardless of the victim/witness’s military status.  Provide victims and witnesses with military and civilian resources which may be available to assist them.
  5. 5. VWAC  Key Responsibilities (Continued)  In cases that are referred to special or general court-martial, coordinate with trial counsel to ensure victims and witnesses receive the necessary notice.  In cases that are handled by the command (e.g., NJP, ADSEP, summary court-martial) ensure:  the victim and witnesses are informed of the date and time of proceedings  the victim’s views on the disposition of the case are considered  the victim and witnesses are informed of case disposition, and (as applicable) release of the accused from confinement or separation from the Navy.
  6. 6. VWACs Role in Violent Crimes or Sexual Assault Cases  Victims of sexual assaults and violent crimes have reported feeling overwhelmed when approached by too many command representatives.  VWAC works with command’s Victim Advocate and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Coordinator (SARC).  Victim Advocate or SAPR provides initial DD Form 2701 and other applicable VWAP documents to victims of sexual assault or violent crime if possible.  VWAC ensures the VWAP documents were provided to the victim(s) . These are tracked in our quarterly and Annual report submitted to Base VWAP.
  7. 7. VWAC Forms  DD 2701: Initial Information for Victims & Witnesses of Crime
  8. 8. References  Title 42 U.S. Code, Section 10606: Victim Rights and Restitution Act  DoD Directive 1030.1: Victim and Witness Assistance, 13 April 2004  DoD Instruction 1030.2: Victim and Witness Assistance Procedures, 4 June 2004  SECNAVINST 5800.11A  OPNAVINST 5800.7A  Military Rule of Evidence 514  DD2701 Link:  http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/infomgt/forms/eforms/dd2701.pdf
  9. 9. The End  Any Questions?

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