Database of Federal, State, and
Before victims' rights can be fully enforced, victims, victim advocates,
victim lawyers, criminal justice practitioners, and allied professionals
must understand the relevant statutes and case law. In Fiscal Year
2003, OVC funded the creation of an online database of federal, state,
and tribal victims' rights statutes, codes, and relevant case law.
This mechanism will ensure that victim advocacy and service organizations,
criminal justice practitioners, researchers, and others have easy
access to continuously updated and vital rights-related information.
Access to this information will help OVC, its grantees, other victim
organizations, and criminal justice practitioners assess victims'
rights laws, identify gaps in statutory protections, and prepare
data-based training sessions. It will also help states identify model
legislation. More importantly, the database will serve as a source
of information for victims and their advocates that can be used to
help victims exercise their rights. For more information, visit the National
Center for Victims of Crime's Web site.