How Kent County Victim's Witness Unit helps victims and their families

Posted at 10:25 PM, Dec 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 22:25:09-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It's Angelica Ferrer's job to help victims after crimes in Kent County navigate the court system.

“The court system can be complicated. People that are going through that system have already experienced something very difficult, traumatic, it’s affected them, it’s affected their family. It can be a long process,” Vicitm Witness coordinator Angelica Ferrer said.

Ferrer works within the Prosecutor's office. She connects victims and their families with resources and informs them of their rights when it comes to criminal cases.

Long after the news leaves headlines, families are still left picking up the pieces.

“You have the court process. That can take a year, two years, you have appeals, then down the road, you have parol hearings, you might multiple appeals,” Ferrer said.

She says it's an important make things easier for victims and their families after a tragedy.

“You can’t change their experience. But you can sit with them through it. Having someone in their corner, having support, and feeling like they are heard…from my experience that seems to be the biggest benefit that we can provide,” Ferrer said.