Victims Advocacy FAQs


  • BCSO VICTIM ADVOCATE OFFICERS AND LINKS

    Northern Beaufort County: 

    • Sgt David Wilkinson: (843) 255-3420
    • Cpl John Ferguson: (843) 255-3410

    Southern Beaufort County: 

    • Cpl Meredith Florencio: (843) 255-3419
  • Who is eligible for services?
    • A victim: a person who suffers direct of threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of a criminal act.
    • Includes: the person's spouse, parent, child, or a representative of a victim who is deceased; a minor; incapable; or physically or psychologically disabled.
    • Does not include: someone who is under investigation, charged with a crime, or convicted of a crime.
    • A witness: a person who has been or expected to be summoned to testify. 
  • What are the responsibilities of a Victim?
    • Provide your legal name, current mailing address, and current telephone number to the appropriate agency.
    • Inform the Solicitor's Office of the Court of the right to be present for any plea, trial, or sentencing.
    • Inform the Solicitor's Office or the Court of the right to make a written of oral statement in a timely manner. 
  • What are your rights as a victim of a crime?
    • Right to be treated with dignity and compassion.
    • Right to be protected from intimidation and harm.
    • Right to be informed concerning the criminal justice process.
    • Right to restitution and compensation.
    • Right to preservation of property and employment.
    • Right to due process in criminal court proceedings.
    • Right to special recognition and attention to the very young, elderly, who are handicapped or who have special needs. By all criminal justice, medical, and social service agencies.
    • Right to be notified of an offender's arrest of detention.
    • Right to be informed when an offender is released, escapes, or transferred.
    • Right to attend a bond hearing and make recommendations.
    • Right to attend court proceedings.
    • Right to be informed of court room procedures.
    • Right to have personal property taken recovered of returned expeditiously.
    • Right to be informed of the status and progress of the case. 
  • What should a victim do in order to receive restitution?
    A victim must provide to the Solicitor's Office of the Court a list of the property that was stolen, damaged, destroyed, or recovered; medical expenses; income lost as a result of the crime: financial recovery from insurance of compensation. This may be included in a written impact statement.
  • What if I'm harassed or threatened?
    Immediately contact the appropriate Law Enforcement Agency.
  • What is an Order of Protection
    • An order of protection is issued to protect the victim of (Criminal Domestic Violence) from the abuse of another household member.
    • Criminal Domestic Violence: (as defined by SC Statue §16-25-20) It is unlawful to: (1) Cause physical harm of injury to a person's own household member, (2) offer or attempt to cause physical harm or injury to a person's own household member with apparent present ability under circumstances reasonably creating fear of imminent peril.
    • Household Member: (as defined by SC Statue §16-25-10 ) means spouses, former spouses, parents and children, persons related by consanguinity or affinity within the second degree, persons who have a child in common, and a male and female who are cohabiting or formerly have cohabited. 
  • Where can I get a copy of the police report?
    A copy of the police report can be obtained free of charge to the victim (named in the report) at the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office Records Division.
  • Who is eligible for compensation?
    Victims of a crime who meet the requirements are eligible of compensation from the State Office of Victim Assistance