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Victim Witness Advocates are assigned to work with assistant district attorneys in all of Middlesex County’s superior, district, and juvenile courts. In addition, specialized advocates are assigned to the Child Protection Unit, Elder and Disabled Persons Protection Unit, Appeals Bureau, Homicide and Unsolved Unit and the Domestic Violence Program.
These compassionate and dedicated professionals are an integral part of the prosecution team. Advocates work with those impacted by crime, guiding them through the criminal justice system, accompanying them to interviews and hearings, and ensuring that they are aware of their rights. Advocates also provide referrals to community resources, including emergency shelter and rape crisis counseling.
The criminal justice system can be confusing and difficult to navigate. Advocates explain the court process and offer support, and informs you of the role expected of you as a victim or witness. Here is a glossary of terms you may find helpful as you navigate the criminal justice system.