Victim Assistance Coordinator
Phone: (409)883-6764

Rebecca Patterson
Bachelor of Science from Texas Christian University
Employed by Orange County District Attorney-2010


Victim Assistance

When you are the victim of a crime, your initial reaction is likely to be emotional and charged with tension. If the person responsible for the crime can be identified, the criminal justice system, which can be bewildering, becomes involved. Victims can be left feeling that they have totally lost control of what is happening to them.

The criminal justice system historically has been designed to guard the rights of the defendant. Today, positive steps are being taken to protect the rights and dignity of the person who did not ask and did not deserve to be involved with the system in the first place--the victim. This page outlines your rights as a victim of a crime and provides a general explanation of how a case proceeds through the system.