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Victim's Bill of Rights

Basic Rights & Considerations

  • Enhanced training should be made available to sensitize criminal justice personnel to the needs and concerns of victims, and guidelines should be developed for this purpose 
  • Information regarding the availability of criminal restitution, recovery of damages in a civil cause of action, the crime victims' compensation fund and other remedies, and the mechanisms to obtain such remedies should be made available to victims 
  • Information should be made available to victims about their participation in criminal proceedings and the scheduling, progress, and ultimate disposition of the proceedings 
  • Measures may be taken when necessary to provide for the safety of victims and their families and to protect them from intimidation and retaliation 
  • The views and concerns of victims should be ascertained and the appropriate assistance provided throughout the criminal process 
  • Victims should be informed of the availability of health and social services and other relevant assistance so that they might continue to receive the necessary medical, psychological, and social assistance through existing programs and services 
  • Victims should be treated with courtesy, compassion, and with respect for their dignity and privacy and should suffer the minimum of necessary inconvenience from their involvement with the criminal justice system
  • Victims should receive, through formal and informal procedures, prompt and fair redress for the harm that they have suffered
  • Victims should report the crime and cooperate with law enforcement authorities.
  • When the personal interests of victims are affected, the views or concerns of the victim should be brought to the attention of the court