When a crime has been committed within the jurisdiction of the Darlington County Sheriff's Office one of the primary concerns are the victims or witnesses. The Victim Services office is responsible for assisting victims and witnesses impacted by a criminal act.
A victim is a person (an individual) who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of a criminal act. This also includes the person's spouse, parent, child, a representative of a deceased victim, a minor, or someone who is incapable, being physically or psychologically disable. It does not include someone who is under investigation, charged with a crime, or convicted of a crime.
A witness is a person who has testified or is expected to testify in a case.
The victim Assistance Program offers the following services:
- Information and explanation about the criminal justice system and its procedures.
- Ensure that the rights of victims/witnesses are being met.
- Victim notification of the court schedule and the status of each case.
- Orientation to Courtroom procedures and settings.
- Accompaniment to court during and after the trail or plea.
- Moral and emotional support before, during, and after the trail or plea.
- Assist eligible victims/witnesses in preparing Victim Compensation forms.
- Assist victims/witnesses in preparing and obtaining an Order of Protection from domestic abuse.
- Employment intervention to explain time missed from work due to any court appearances.
- Referrals to social services agencies, counselors, or others who can assist with emergency needs or personal problems.
- Counseling referrals to help victims/witnessed cope with the aftermath of a crime.
The Darlington County Sheriff's Office has a victim advocates office opened daily,which can be reached at 843-398-4501 or by sending an EMAIL.