SERVICES / VICTIM COMPENSATION - CONNECTICUT
The following includes excerpts
from the Office
of Victim Services, State of Connecticut
Judicial Branch, Victim Services FAQ.
WHAT ARE VICTIM SERVICES?
has programs to help victims of crime and their
families. These programs address victim concerns
such as safety, notification, and financial
loss. The Office of Victim Services (OVS)
provides the following services and programs:
- Court-based Victim Services
- In-State Toll-Free Helpline
- Services for Families of
- Funding to Community based
- Crime Victim Compensation
- Victim Notification
- Sexual Assault Forensic
- Community Education &
Training on Victims Rights & Services
WHAT SERVICES DO COURT-BASED
VICTIM ADVOCATES PROVIDE?
Office of Victim Services court-based advocates
help victims of violent crimes by notifying them
of their rights and by providing information and
assistance. Advocates are available in
many of the courthouses throughout the state.
WHAT IS THE VICTIM NOTIFICATION
operates a Victim Notification Program that
offers these services:
Post-Conviction Notification Program does not
provide information regarding furloughs,
non-convicted persons, or convicted persons sent
to state hospitals for mental illness.
- The State of Connecticut's
Protection Order Registry Notification Program
features automated notification to protected
parties when protective orders terminate or
five weeks prior to the expiration of
restraining orders. An OVS victim services
advocate is available to answer questions and
provide referrals that may arise from the
notification of the order termination.
- The Post-Conviction
Notification Program offers information about
changes in the status of convicted inmates.
HOW CAN I ACCESS COMPENSATION FOR
FINANCIAL LOSSES ASSOCIATED WITH VIOLENT CRIME?
manages the Criminal Injuries Compensation
Fund to assist victims in recovering from the
financial and emotional impact of the
crime. This Fund supports the OVS
Compensation Program that provides
reimbursement and financial assistance for
expenses related to the crime, such as
medical, dental, counseling and lost
wages. The Program does not provide
financial assistance for any non-economic
loss, including property damages, and pain and
WHAT IS RESTITUTION?
is payment by the offender to the victim to
cover some or all of the costs associated with a
crime. It is ordered by a judge and usually paid
through the Court Support Services Division,
Connecticut Judicial Branch. To obtain
restitution in a criminal court case, contact
the State's Attorney Office or the OVS Victim
VICTIM SERVICES: DEPARTMENT OF
victim of crime, their survivor, or
representative may confidentially register
with the DOC Victim Services Unit, and request
notification when an inmate is released,
escapes, or is scheduled for a sentence review
or parole hearing.
TO FIND PROVIDERS IN CONNECTICUT'S COMMUNITY
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SOURCES: Office of
Victim Services, State of Connecticut
Judicial Branch, Victim Services FAQ,
LAST REVIEWED: February2013