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Victims Rights

The Ohio Constitution Guarantees
Your Right To Fairness,
Dignity And Respect.

 

Click here to view the Victims Rights brochure (PDF, 4.14MB)

If you or a member of your family have been the victim of a crime listed below, you could be eligible to receive notification of the criminal proceedings:

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  • All felony crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Imposition
  • Assault
  • Aggravated Menacing
  • Menacing
  • Intimidation
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Negligent Homicide

Notification of Victim Rights

As a victim, you have the right to be notified of information (PDF, 134KB). concerning the case. A letter including a client information form will be sent to you. If assistance is desired, it is the victim's responsibility to complete the client information form and return it to the Prosecutor's Office, Victim/Witness Division. If, as a victim, you are unable to receive notification, you may authorize a representative to be notified on your behalf.

If you return the completed client information form, you will have the rights to the following:

  • All scheduled court proceedings and schedule changes, including date, time and location
  • Explanation of court proceedings
  • Support advocacy and court escort throughout the criminal justice process
  • Attendance at the trial and any related hearings or proceedings
  • Opportunity to prepare an impact statement, oral or written, as part of the pre-sentence investigation
  • Information concerning victim compensation according to the Ohio Victims of Crime Compensation Program

Download the Victims Rights Poster (PDF, 487KB)

Victim Resources

Ohio's Office of Victim Services
Ohio Victim Witness Association