Victim-Witness Assistance Program

If you are a victim of a crime, someone in the district attorney's office prosecuting your case will be assigned to answer your questions and provide assistance to you.

This person can help you report a crime and ask police to help stop someone who is abusing, harassing, or trying to intimidate you. They can answer your questions about the criminal justice system, and your case, and provide you support in court. They can provide you with information about violent crimes compensation, restitution, return of property, problems with your employer, witness fees, and with travel and hotels if you come from out-of-town. They can tell you about agencies that can provide shelter and services for your legal, medical, social, and mental health needs.

Your contact in the district attorney's office can tell you where the presentence report will be written so you can exercise your right to be interviewed. They can tell you how you can be heard at the defendant's sentencing.

It is the policy of the Alaska Department of Law, Criminal Division to provide equal access to its services to all victims and witnesses of crimes regardless of spoken language consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as it affects persons with limited English proficiency.

If you are in need of an interpreter please let the district attorney's office know. One will be provided at no cost to you.

The Victim-Witness Assistance Program has produced several brochures for victims. You may download some of those brochures here.

Legal Definitions

Available in English, Yup'ik, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Korean:

Victims' Rights Handbook

Available in English, Yup'ik, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Korean:

Crime Victims' Rights Brochure

Available in English, Yup'ik, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Korean:

Information on Domestic Violence Brochure

Available in English, Yup'ik, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Korean:

Information on Sexual Assault Brochure

Available in English, Yup'ik, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Korean:

Information on Safety Planning Brochure

Available in English, Yup'ik, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Korean:

Kids Go to Court - A coloring and activity book - PDF(946K)

Links to Other Victims Services

The Alaska Judicial Council has produced a helpful brochure for victims: A Handbook for Victims of Crime in Alaska. This can be downloaded at http://www.ajc.state.ak.us/reports/VictMan01.pdf (PDF 130K). In addition to describing what happens after a crime occurs, what happens after conviction, and how a juvenile delinquency proceeding differs from adult criminal court, the handbook has an extensive directory of victim services available in Alaska communities at the time of publication.

The Alaska State Legislature's Office of Victim's Rights serves as the advocate for victims both in court, and in situations where the victim believes criminal justice agencies have violated his or her rights. Information about the Office of Victim's Rights is available on the web at https://ovr.akleg.gov/.

Information on victim services provided by the Department of Corrections, including how you can be notified of the pending release of the defendant in your case through their automated victim notification system, VINE, is available at http://www.correct.state.ak.us/corrections/communitycorr/offices/victimserviceunit.jsf.

Links to other resources are listed below:


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