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Mission. The Marine Corps executes a professional Victim and Witness Assistance Program in order to reduce the trauma, frustration and inconvenience experienced by victims and witnesses of crime; inform victims of their statutory rights; and, assist victim and witness understanding of the military justice process. See MCO 5800.14

GySgt Joseph M. Paulsen
Installation Victim Witness Liaison Officer, MCRD San Diego

(619) 524-6117  

Victim’s Rights

(1) To be treated with fairness and respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.

(2) To be reasonably protected from the accused.

(3) To be notified of any decision to dispose of an allege offense at court-martial, NJP or ADSEP proceedings.

(4) To be present at all public court-martial, NJP, and ADSEP proceedings, unless the court or legal advisor, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony at the proceeding.  This right does not obligate the government to pay for expenses incurred by the victim to be present.

(5) To be reasonably heard at any public proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, or parole of the accused.  This right does not obligate the government to pay for expenses incurred by the victim to be present. 

(6) To confer with the attorney for the Government in the case. 

(7) To receive information about the conviction, sentence, confinement, and release of the accused. 

(8) To be notified of the apprehension of an accused, the initial appearance of an accused before a military judge, the release of the accused pending court-martial, any escape of the accuse, and the time and location of any trial, NJP, or ADSEP proceedings (including entry of guilty pleas and sentencing).

(9) To proceeding free from unreasonable delay.

(10) To receive available restitution.


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  • DD2701 – Initial Information for Victims and Witnesses of Crime (Aug 2013)
  • DD2702 – Court-Martial Information for Victims and Witnesses of Crime (May 2004)
  • DD2703 – Post-Trial Information for Victims and Witnesses of Crime (May 2004)
  • DD2704 – Victim/Witness Certification and Election Concerning Inmate Status (Mar 2013)
  • DD2705 – Victim/Witness Notification of Inmate Status
  • DD2706 – Annual Report on Victim and Witness Assistance
  • DD2698 – Application for Transitional Compensation 
  • Victims' Rights In Action Pamphlet
  • VWAP Pamphlet
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