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The 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 MCO 5800.16

Captain Giovanni Avelar, USMC is the Victim and Witness Liaison Officer (VWLO) for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and acts as the Commanding General, MCRD San Diego’s manager for the VWAP Program aboard the Depot. In that capacity, Capt Avelar chairs the VWAP Council, manages and maintains a list of all unit Victim Witness Assistance Coordinators and other Depot Victim Witness Representatives, provides liaison with local civilian services for victims of crime, tracks all services provided and is the central point of contact for the Depot 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 and 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 Avelar can be contacted at (619) 524-0789 or click here to email her.

Military One Source
(800) 342-9647

Family Justice Center - San Diego 
(619) 533-3592/3517