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Victim Witness Assistance

Victim Witness Assistance

The Victim Witness Assistance Program in each United States Attorney's Office was established to carry out the mandates of the Federal Victim and Witness Protection Act of l982 and subsequent legislation. These victim/witness assistance and protection laws apply to all victims and witnesses of federal crime who have suffered physical, financial, or emotional trauma. A variety of notification and assistance services are provided to victims and witnesses of federal crime. This office is committed to treating victims and witnesses with fairness, respect and dignity.


Victim Rights
The Office is committed to protecting the rights of crime victims. If you are a victim of a crime being prosecuted by our Office, the Victim Witness Coordinator can make sure that you are notified of important stages of the case and can help refer you to other agencies that provide important services, including compensation and counseling. Learn more


Witness Information

If you have been notified that you are required to appear as a witness for the Government in a case or other legal proceeding being handled by this Office, the Victim/Witness Unit will make arrangements for your travel and lodging, which we will prepay. If you are coming from outside the local court area, you should not make travel arrangements yourself.  Learn more


Restitution & Asset Forfeiture

Under federal law, restitution is mandatory for many types of crimes. While there is no guarantee that payment will be made, it is important for those victims who may be entitled to restitution to keep a record of their losses, medical expenses, property damage, and counseling expenses, with receipts when possible. This information will be needed by the probation department if someone is convicted and ordered to pay restitution. Learn more


Victim Resources

Many national organizations assist crime victims and provide great resources for victims and their families. Contact an organization for more information. Learn more



If you believe a Department of Justice employee failed to provide crime victim rights, you may submit a complaint. Learn more



Case Updates (Multi-Victim Cases)

In general, the Government attempts to identify each victim in a given case, and to provide those victims with the information relevant to the case through the Department of Justice’s Victim Notification System. In cases where, due to the number of victims involved, or for other reasons, such notification is impracticable, the Government may use other methods to communicate with victims, including posting relevant information online. Click on the links below for more detailed information about specific cases: Learn more






If you have any questions, please contact:

John Hernandez
Victim Witness Coordinator
United States Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee
110 9th Avenue South, A-961
Nashville, TN 37203
Office: (615) 401-6669


Updated November 6, 2015