General Services

In operation since 1977, the Victim & Witness Division of the BCSAO serves the victims and witnesses of all crimes that occur in Baltimore City. The division is staffed by dedicated professionals who are able to assist with keeping victims and witness informed about the progress of a case, making service referrals as well as serving as liaisons between the victims, witnesses and the prosecutors. 

The unit provides particular assistance to the victims and witnesses that are apart of the criminal justice process. It is the division's goal to help reduce and alleviate the additional stress that crime victims, witnesses and their families often experience. The BCSAO’s team of prosecutors and support staff are committed to keeping the public safe, involved and protected. The Victim & Witness Division offers the following:

  • Information and support for victims and witnesses throughout the criminal justice process

  • Bilingual staff to provide services to all Spanish-speaking victims and witnesses

  • Foreign and Sign Language interpreters upon request

  • Referrals to the appropriate agencies and service providers if requested for services not provided by the BCSAO (i.e. alcohol/drug rehabilitation, shelters, employment counseling, domestic violence programs, immigration services etc.)

  • Court accompaniment to legal proceedings upon request

  • Special transportation arrangements for elderly, disabled and out of state victims and witnesses

  • Guidelines and assistance for writing victim impact statements, which provide victims the opportunity to be heard before sentencing in the event that a defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty by a judge or jury

  • Assistance with retrieving certain property seized by police as evidence at the conclusion of trial

  • Assistance with requesting restitution and victim compensation forms through Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 

  • Provide verification of court appearance for employment or school

Victims or witnesses of crime are encouraged to contact our office to see how we may assist you. Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the criminal justice process and resources available to victims and witnesses of crime.

Validated parking for victims and witnesses attending court or our offices can be found at the Park It garage on 16 E Lexington Street, located between St. Paul Street and Charles Street. The clearance height for this garage is 6 feet, 8 inches. Upon arrival for court, please bring your parking ticket along with your letter and summons, to the Victim Witness Reception Room in the Mitchell Courthouse located on the 4th floor, room 410, for validation. The Mitchell Courthouse is located 100 N. Calvert Street. 

For more information related to our Victim Witness Division, please contact us at 410-396-1897 or