The Special Victims Counsel is a legal assistance attorney who has received special training to provide legal representation to victims of sexual assault. At this time, Active Duty military members, their adult dependents, and persons in other specialized categories are eligible to receive legal representation by an SVC. Even victims who have filed a restricted report are entitled to representation by the SVC. Victim Advocates will provide victims with information about the SVC if the victim qualifies to receive assistance from the SVC, including contact information.
The SVC’s primary duty is to their client, not to any other person, organization, or entity. Privacy and confidentiality apply, meaning that the SVC cannot share anything their client has told them without permission from the client.
The SVC will work to empower their clients by helping them understand the court-martial process and accompanying them to interviews, examinations, hearings, and court proceedings, as well as providing legal advice during this process. In addition to the right to consult with an SVC, victims have the following legal rights: To be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy; to be reasonably protected from the accused offender; to be notified of court proceedings; to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected; to confer with the attorney for the government (prosecutor); to available restitution, and; to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.
Fort Irwin SVC contact information: Capt. Joseph Galli, Special Victim Counsel, (760) 217-7347.