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Title: Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance (2005)
Corporate Author: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: May 2005
Page Count: 75
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office for Victims of Crime
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OVC Resource Ctr
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United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Handbook
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This guide presents the United States Attorney General’s guidelines governing victim and witness assistance.
Abstract: The many provisions for crime victims’ rights and remedies are presented, including the Justice for All Act of 2004, which was enacted since the publication of the last edition of this guide. Following a brief foreword by the U.S. Attorney General, the guide presents the suggested provisions for victims’ rights, considerations for child victims and child witnesses, general considerations, guidelines applicable to all components, services to victims and witnesses, restitution, and guidelines for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, terrorism, other mass causalities, human trafficking, and identity theft. The guidelines are meant to provide internal Department of Justice guidance and do not create any rights or standards enforceable by law. Among the rights provided to victims of crime include the right to reasonable protection from the accused, the right to reasonable and timely notification on aspects of the case, and the right to full and timely restitution. The statutory framework for restitution is laid out and includes guidance on mandatory and discretionary restitution and on restitution as a condition of probation. Services to victims at the three main criminal justice phases, investigative, prosecution, and corrections, are enumerated, including guidelines on notification of case events, protection from harassment, and victim impact statements. Guidelines governing child victims incorporate suggestions on privacy protections and on prosecutions involving child witnesses.
Main Term(s): Victim services; Victims rights
Index Term(s): Office for Victims of Crime (OVC); Policy; US Department of Justice
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