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NCJ Number: 202629 Find in a Library
Title: What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime Brochure
Series: OVC Fact Sheets
Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: April 2002
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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Document: PDF
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document discusses the rights of crime victims and the services provided to them.
Abstract: A majority of States have amended their constitutions to guarantee certain rights for crime victims. Victims have the right to notification of all court proceedings related to the offense; to be reasonably protected from the accused offender; to have input at sentencing (in the form of a victim impact statement); to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender; and to an order of restitution from the convicted offender. Victims have the right to notice of these rights and to enforce these rights. Thousands of programs that provide services and sanctuary to crime victims exist throughout this country. These programs are within State government agencies and private nonprofit or charitable organizations. They provide two types of services -- compensation and assistance. Crime victim compensation programs reimburse victims of crime occurring within the State (including victims of Federal crimes) for crime-related expenses. Crimes covered include violent crimes such as homicide, rape, drunk driving, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse and neglect. Expenses covered are medical costs, mental health counseling, funeral and burial costs, and lost wages or loss of support. Crime victim assistance programs provide a range of services, including crisis intervention, counseling, emergency shelter, criminal justice advocacy, and emergency transportation. In certain circumstances, entire communities may be eligible to receive assistance for a multiple victimization. Financial support for many of these programs is provided through the Crime Victims Fund. In the past, all Fund dollars have come from offenders convicted of Federal crimes, not from taxpayers. Beginning in fiscal year 2002, deposits into the Fund may come from criminal fines, penalties special assessments, gifts, bequests, and donations from private entities.
Main Term(s): Victim services; Victims rights
Index Term(s): Court-sponsored victim services; Financial assistance to victims; Police services for victims; Victim counseling; Victim medical assistance; Victim-witness programs
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