MCAS Beaufort’s 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 at MCO 5800.14"
Capt. Vera, Eduardo R. is the Victim Witness Liaison Officer (VWLO) for MCAS Beaufort and acts as the Commanding Officer, MCAS Beaufort’s manager for the VWAP program aboard the air station. In that capacity, Capt. Vera 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 (Squadron level and above) appoints a Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator (VWAC). The VWAC and other representatives are responsible for that unit or office’s part of the base VWAP.
Capt. Vera can be contacted at (843) 228-7845 or email@example.com
MCAS Beaufort’s chaplains offer counseling, religious ministries and related services to victims and witnesses upon request.
(843) 228-7775 or (843) 228-7121 (after hours)
The legal assistance office is located 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.
Prosecution/Military Justice Office
The military justice office is located aboard MCRD Parris Island. They provide support to MCAS Beaufort and the tenant commands 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.
MCAS Beaufort 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) 228-7477/7215
CID: (843) 228-7786/6009
PMO: (843) 228-6710
Victim Advocacy Support Program
Beaufort’s victim advocates respond 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 help after normal business hours call (843) 592-0646.
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
Marie Brodie, as the SARC, coordinates all the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) activities aboard MCAS Beaufort and is a point of contact for victims of sexual assault. She may be reached at (843) 228-6904 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocate position is currently vacant.
Correction Facilities (Brig)
Military brigs house 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
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 843-524-2256
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
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.