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Special Victim's Counsel Services
The Special Victim’s Counsel’s (SVC) mission is to provide victims of sexual assault with confidential legal representation related to issues that may arise as a result of being sexually assaulted.  These services are free of charge.  SVCs can answer questions about investigations and the legal process; including filing a restricted or unrestricted report, and the right not to make a statement.  Conversations with the SVC are privileged and confidential, meaning that generally, the SVC cannot reveal anything without a client’s permission, including a Soldier’s chain of command, law enforcement, other attorneys, the SARC or UVA, or anyone else.
The SVC may provide the following services:


  • Accompany clients to and advise during interviews, examinations, hearings, and court-martial proceedings.
  • Represent a client’s interests in a court-martial as permitted by law.
  • Refer clients to the Trial Defense Service for collateral misconduct, if necessary.
  • Advocate for a client’s interest with Government counsel on disposition options.
  • Assist clients with post-trial submissions to include victim impact statements.
  • Advise clients on collateral civil issues arising from the crime.
  • Provide Legal Assistance services.


Soldiers may speak with a SVC at anytime during the legal, medical, or investigative process. SVCs are available by appointment and walk-ins in the Grafenwoehr Legal Assistance Office on Tower Barracks.

Trial Defense Services

At Trial Defense Services (TDS), we serve the Soldier, the client. All discussions are strictly confidential.

  • For all Article 15 and Chapter actions, Soldiers must report with their escorts on Tuesdays at 8:45 a.m. Those in Vilseck must arrive at 9:15 a.m.
  • Those facing investigations or have other criminal legal issues can come anytime on a walk-in basis.

For further information, please refer to our handouts or contact us at your respective local branch, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily.