ContactP: (336) 229-3553
F: (336) 229-3113
Email: Victim/Witness Assistance
Victims of crime always need the support of their family and friends to help them deal with the trauma of victimization. Sometimes this support is not enough and additional help or information is needed. The Victim/Witness Advocate is available to assist victims and witnesses of crime and their families. Victims and witnesses can request and utilize the services of this program. Victim/Witness assistance is available to any victim or witness of crime committed within the jurisdiction of the Burlington Police Department.
The Victim/Witness Advocate acts as a liaison between the victim/witness and the Criminal Justice System, which would include law enforcement officers, the District Attorney, the Courts, and the Probation & Parole system. The Victim/Witness Advocate can escort the victim or witness through the court process and provide support. The Victim/Witness Advocate will assist in keeping the victim/witness informed about each step in the criminal justice process.
Additional services provided include:
- Emergency transportation.
- Assistance completing the Victim Impact Statement, a written report intended to inform the Court about the effects the crime had and perhaps continues to have on the victim.
- Assistance by referring to support agencies according to the needs assessment.
- Crime prevention information, including home surveys.
- Advocacy for the rights of the victim on the local, state, and national levels.
- Accompanying crime victims and witnesses, when requested, to the Police Department, District Attorney’s Office and Court Proceedings.
The Burlington Police Department is a member of the North Carolina Victim Assistance Network (NCVAN). NCVAN works on the state level to ensure victim’s rights are established and to enact new laws that protect victims and their rights. NCAVN assists local agencies when needed. For additional resources visit www.nc-van.org.
Victims of Crime are entitled to the following basic rights:
- The right to be informed of and to be present at court proceedings of the accused.
- The right to be heard at sentencing of the accused in the manner prescribed by law and at other times deemed appropriate by the court.
- The right to receive restitution.
- The right to be given information about the crime, how the criminal justice system works, the rights of victims, and the availability of services for victims.
- The right to receive information about the conviction or final disposition and sentence of the accused.
- The right to receive notification of escape, release, parole, pardon, reprieve, or commutation of the accused’s sentence.
- The right to present views and concerns to the Governor or agency considering any action that could result in the release of the accused prior to such action becoming effective.
- The right to confer with the prosecution.
Our Current Advocates are:
The Burlington Police Department is continually looking for volunteers to become Victim/Witness Advocates. If you would be interested in becoming an Advocate, please contact Jackie Sheffield at 336-229-3553.
Alamance County Bereaved Parents Group (Christian Counseling Center)
Bereavement Support Group
Alamance County Community Services Agency
Emergency Food and Emergency Assistance Programs
Alamance County Department of Social Services
336-229-2908 – Crisis Line
Alamance Rescue Mission
Emergency home for homeless and needy men seeking to put their lives together, not who simply want one night’s help.
336-229-4096 – Crisis Line
Allied Churches of Alamance County
ACAC provides emergency services in a safe and health environment while moving individuals toward self-sufficiency. Services include shelter for individuals and families, meals and emergency food, emergency assistance and job and education related services.
206 N. Fisher St.
Burlington, NC 27215
Social Security Administration – Greensboro Office
6005 Landmark Center Blvd
Greensboro, NC 27407
Emergency Food, Emergency Assistance Programs, Free/Low Cost Fuel
Crossroads (Sexual Assault Services)
Crisis Counseling, 24-Hour Crisis Line, Court Advocacy/Accompaniment, Information, Referral, Community Education, Support Groups.
336-228-0360 – Crisis
Family Abuse Services (Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Services)
24 Hour Crisis Line, Counseling, Court Advocacy/Accompaniment, Information & Referral, Emergency Shelter, Support Groups, Community Educations, Transitional housing for women and children homeless because of domestic violence.
336-226-5985 – Crisis
Family Justice Center
The Family Justice Center recognizes that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. They offer services to victims of domestic violence at any age, female or male, who have experienced or have been threatened with, physical, psychological or emotional abuse.
Disaster Relief Services
336-222-3991 – Crisis
Countywide information and referral service.
NC Division of Community Corrections
Provides information about offenders that are on Adult Probation and Parole.
Women’s Resource Center
Displaced homemaker program and other programs and information.
NC SAVAN is a criminal justice information sharing system that supports automated victim notification. NC SAVAN operates a 24 hour toll-free offender information and notification service.
877-NC SAVAN, 877-627-2826
The Homeland Security Investigations
Additional Phone Number of Interest
Crime Prevention 336-229-5449
Criminal Investigations 336-229-3530
Community Policing 336-229-3550
Property & Identification 336-229-3524
Crimestoppers 336- 229-7100
Animal Control 336-578-1386
Burlington Fire Department Emergency 911
NC Highway Patrol 336-570-6809
Alamance County Sheriff 336-570-6300
County Jail 336-570-6317
Alamance Regional Medical Center 336-538-7000
Register of Deeds 336-570-6565
Dispute Settlement Center 336-227-9808
Alamance County District Attorney 336-570-5210
DA Victim’s & Witness Assistant 336-570-5210
Alamance County Clerk of Court 336-570-5200
Juvenile Services 336-570-6872
Magistrate (Burlington) 336-229-3508
Magistrate (Graham) 336-570-5350