Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
Victim Assistance Programs
The Victim & Witness Protection Act
The Federal Victim and Witness Protection Act and the
North Carolina Fair Treatment for Victims and Witnesses Act directs that
certain services be made available to victims and witnesses of serious
crimes, as well as to the families of murder victims and to seriously
Impact of Victimization
Your response to the event will depend on the way you
typically handle a stressful situation and what support, if any, is
available to you.
The common reaction are: (1) Cognitive, (2) Emotional and
The common emotions are: (1) Anger, (2) Disbelief, (3)
Disorientation, (4) Fear, (5) Guilt, (6) Hyper-alertness, (7) Isolation, (8)
Paranoia, and (9) Shock.
One of the first things to pay attention to is your need
to feel safe. Take precautions to make yourself feel safe, enabling you to restore some sense of being in
As a citizen of Cumberland County you are entitled to the
To be advised if an arrest is made.
To be kept informed of the status of your case.
To be advised about the status of the defendant.
To be advised about all aspects of your participation in a
To have any recovered stolen property returned to you as
soon as possible.
To be advised about the results of a trail or any other
disposition of the case.
Victims Rights - The Crime Victims'
Who Can Help - Contact Phone Numbers
Sheriff's Office Victim & Witness Advocate
Kathleen Watts -
Operation: M - F 8:00am till 5:00pm
After hour emergencies should contact
the Watch Commander at (910) 677-5432