Victim and Witness Services
Whether it's court accompaniment, witness relocation assistance, help with writing victim impact statements or grief counseling, the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City wants victims and witness of crime to know...
You're Not Alone. Together We're Stronger.
The Victim & Witness Services Unit of the BCSAO serves the victims and witnesses of all crimes that occur in Baltimore City, regardless of the status or outcome of the case. The unit is staffed by a team of dedicated victim advocates and social workers who serve as liaisons between victims, witnesses and prosecutors.
The Victim & Witness Services Unit also includes the Family Bereavement Center (FBC) – the only bereavement center in the state with a full-time staff to serve survivors of homicide. Since opening its doors in 1990, the Center has served over 12,000 survivors of homicide victims in Baltimore City and offered 5,512 counseling sessions since 2015. In addition to providing individual counseling, the FBC also hosts a bi-weekly support group and a workshop series focused on creative coping skills such as meditation and creative writing.
In March of 2018, the BCSAO unveiled a new trauma-informed Victim & Witness Services Waiting Room in the Mitchell Courthouse that was renovated to create a more welcoming space for victims and witnesses of crime to receive services and await their appearances in court. The design plans were created by the nonprofit organization Design Angels of America and was executed by the Department of General Services. The renovation includes a dedicated play area for children, power-integrated furniture, and a computer allowing visitors to access resources while they await trial.