Direct services are available to crime victims, witnesses and/or their families in Chautauqua County through the Chautauqua County District Attorney Victim Assistance Center free of charge. These services include, but are not limited to:
Victim rights in New York State
Information about the criminal justice system
Court assistance / accompaniment
Personal support / encouragement
Community resource or crisis service referrals
Report the Circumstances
If you believe you have been a victim of a crime, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately to report the circumstances. If they believe a criminal incident has taken place they will file charges.
Becoming involved in a crime as a victim can be traumatic as well as confusing. Education into the criminal justice system is one of the most important services offer to you as a victim of crime.
The responsibility for bringing action involving crimes committed in Chautauqua County rests with the District Attorney (DA). Acting District Attorney Patrick Swanson has eleven Assistant District Attorney (ADA) that serve the many jurisdictions, or courts, in Chautauqua County. Once a crime is reported and charges file against a person by the local law enforcement agency, the District Attorney's Office, representing the People of the State of New York, begin proceedings against the defendant. You, as the individual victim of the crime, become a witness for the people.
Needs Concerning the Outcome of the Case
As a victim of crime, the ADA will be interested in what your needs are concerning the outcome of the case. A victim service provider is available to act as a liaison between the crime victim and the attorney assigned to the criminal prosecution. The victim service provider will continue to inform you of the prosecution and what is expected of you through out the completion of the criminal case.
Become a Survivor
Please contact the District Attorney's Office for assistance if you are a victim of a crime in Chautauqua County. To contact the main office call 716-753-4390. Valerie A. Rettig, service provider for the south county jurisdictions, can be reached at 716-753-4630, or Pamela L. Goldych, service provider for the north county jurisdictions, can be reach at 716-753-4634. We look forward to helping you move from victim to survivor.