Marines


Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
Ms. Teresa Johnson
Installation Victim Witness Liaison Officer, MCRD Parris Island

(843) 228-4095

MCRD/ERR, Parris Island Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) is designed to ensure victims and witnesses of crime are treated with fairness and dignity and are afforded their rights throughout the criminal justice process – from the first report of a crime through any period of confinement adjudged by a court-martial.  The Marine Corps VWAP instruction is contained MCO 5800.14.

Teresa A. Johnson is the VICTIM WITNESS LIAISON OFFICER (VWLO) for MCRD/ERR Parris Island and acts as the Commanding Officer, MCRD/ERR Parris Island manager for the Victim-Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) aboard the installation.  In that capacity, Mrs. Johnson chairs the VWAP Council, manages and maintains a list of all unit Victim Witness Assistance Coordinators and other base Victim Witness Representatives, provides liaison with local civilian services for victims of crime and is the central point of contact for the base program.

Pursuant to Marine Corps Directives, each office or agency which provides services to victims and witnesses (see list below) appoints a Victim Witness Assistance Representative and each unit (Battalion level and above) appoints a Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator (VWAC).  The VWAC and other representatives are responsible for that battalion or office’s part of the base VWAP.  Mrs. Johnson can be contacted at (843) 228-4095 or teresa.a.johnson@usmc.mil.

UNIT VICTIM & WITNESS ASSISTANCE (VWAC) -A unit VWAC is the command’s primary point of contact for victim and witness assistance matters.  In conjunction with the VWLO, VWACs coordinate victim and witness assistance matters within their unit.  Victims and witnesses should not hesitate to contact their unit’s VWAC for more information, assistance, or to help get in contact with victim and witness assistance services.

H&SBn:            (843) 228-3363

H&SBn:            (843) 228-3570

RTR:                 (843) 228-3033

1stRTBn:          (843) 228-2572

2ndRTBn:         (843) 228-2751

3rdRTBn:         (843) 228-2461

4thRTBn:         (843) 228-2104

SptBn:              (843) 228-2510

WPSBn:            (843)228-4717

1MCD:             (516) 228-5661

4MCD:             (717)770-4087

6MCD:             (843) 228-2085

BASE SERVICES FOR VICTIMS AND WITNESSES

The VICTIM LEGAL COUNSEL (VLC) for MCRD/ERR Parris Island assist victims to understand legal options available to them under the Military Justice System.  The VLC is located in Bldg 400, (LSST) and can be reached at (843)228-4801 or (843)228-3581.

The LEGAL ASSISTANCE OFFICE is located in building 400 (LSST), aboard MCRD Parris Island.  They can provide assistance for family matters such as divorce and child support and can provide a referral to civilian attorneys when needed.  Please call (843) 228-2559 to schedule an appointment.

The MILITARY JUSTICE OFFICE is located in building 400 (LSST) aboard MCRD Parris Island.  They provide support to MCRD/ERR Parris Island by prosecuting Marines and sailors in general, special, and summary courts-martial.  Rights and services afforded by the military justice office to victims and witnesses during the criminal trial process include:  the right to be present at all public court proceedings, the right to be contacted about the proposed dismissal of any and all charges, the right to be consulted on decisions not to prosecute, the right to be contacted regarding the proposed terms of any negotiated plea deal, and the right to be notified of the acceptance of a guilty plea, or any conviction, sentencing and imprisonment of the accused.

(843) 228-4927

MCRD/ ERR Parris Island Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement-NCIS, CID and PMO provide investigative services for criminal offenses.  Criminal investigators and law enforcement personnel are responsible for providing victims and witnesses of crimes with the initial information under the VWAP and ensuring they have points of contact for all available services and assistance under the VWAP.

NICS:  (843) 228-2612/2619

CID:  (843) 228-2459/2628

PMO:  (843) 228-3444/3445

VICTIM ADVOCACY SUPPORT PROGAM responds to sexual assault and domestic violence incidences 24/7 by providing supportive and advocacy services for the victim.  For more information and help call (843) 228-6900.  For assistance, please call (843) 592-0646.

SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE COORDINATOR (SARC) coordinates all the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) activities aboard MCRD/ERR Parris Island and is a point of contact for victims of sexual assault.   Please call (843) 228-3744 for assistance.

CHAPLAIN-MCRD/ERR Parris Island’s chaplains offer counseling, religious ministries and related services to victims and witnesses upon request.  (843) 228-3533 or (843) 228-3712 (after hours).

MILITARY CORRECTION FACILITIES (Brig) houses inmates before, during, and after trial.  An accused male service member placed in pretrial confinement or sentenced to less than 15 years is normally housed at Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston.  A female service member who is placed in pretrial confinement is housed at the Beaufort County Detention Center.  A post-conviction female inmate or male inmate convicted of a sex crime will be housed at MCAS Miramar.  A male inmate serving more than 15 years will be housed at Leavenworth. 

Charleston Brig:  (843) 743-0306, Miramar Brig:  (858) 577-7069, Leavenworth:  (913) 682-8700,

Beaufort County Detention Center:  (843) 470-5715.

MEDICAL-Naval Hospital Beaufort provides medical services for military personnel and dependents.  Appointment Line:  (843) 228-5175

LOCAL CIVILIAN SERVICES

Hopeful Horizons-Family Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Advocacy (843) 770-1070

Beaufort County Department of Social Services: (843) 525-7861

Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA): (843) 524-4350

MCAS Family Advocacy:  (843) 228-6126/7057

Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Hotline:  1 (800) 868-2632

Beaufort City Victim Advocate: (843) 470-3716

Beaufort County Victim Advocate: (843) 255-3410/3420

Port Royal Victim Advocate: (843) 986-2226

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Department of Defense Directive 1030.1 - Victim and Witness Assistance
Department of Defense Instruction 1030.2 - Victim and Witness Assistance Procedures
Department of Defense Instruction 6400.07 - Standards for Victim Assistance Services in the Military Community
Department of Defense Instruction 1342.24 - Transitional Compensation for Abused Dependents  
Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5800.11B - Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
Marine Corps Order 5800.14 Victim-Witness Assistance Program 
Parris Island Order 5800.1 Victim-Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
Marine Corps Order 1752.5B Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
Transitional Compensation Overview 

MARADMIN 314/00 TRANSITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR ABUSED FAMILY MEMBERS
MARADMIN 398/04 TRANSITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR ABUSED FAMILY MEMBERS
MARADMIN 202/06 TRANSITIONAL COMPENSATION FOR ABUSED FAMILY MEMBERS (TCAFM) 

South Carolina Crime Victims Compensation Services

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