Victim's Rights

 

Victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and child abuse have special rights. Please ask your local Victim Assistance Program administrator to explain these additional rights to you. As a victim of a felony crime, you have the following rights:

Right to receive information about crime victim rights

Right to appoint a representative

Right to receive current information about the criminal investigation

Right to be notified when the offender is arrested or released before trial via www.vinelink.com. Call 1 (800) 770-0192 for more information.

Right to reasonable return of property

Right to information from, and meaningful discussions with the prosecutor

Right to be free from intimidation

Right to meaningful participation during the trial

Right to make a statement at sentencing about the impact of the crime

Right to participate in criminal proceedings without jeopardizing employment status

Right to receive notice if violent offender escapes custody before trial or sentencing via www.vinelink.com or call 1 (800) 770-0192

Right to information and input about adult defendant's incarceration and parole status via www.drc.state.oh.us or call 1 (888) 842-8464

Rights after being victimized by a juvenile offender

Right to request an anti-stalking protection order

Special rights of victims of sexual abuse

Special rights of victims of domestic violence

Special rights of victims of child abuse

Rights of victims to offender's movie or book profits

Right to compensation for economic losses resulting from crime. Click here for more information.

What is VINE?

 

As a victim of crime, you have the right to access information and receive notifications for the defendant's custody status through VINE (Victim Information & Notification Everyday.) This program is an automated notification system that is available to crime victims of incarcerated offenders in Ohio's county jails, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and Department of Youth Services.

For more information call 1 (800) 770-0192 or visit the VINE website at www.vinelink.com.

IF YOU ARE THREATENED OR HARASSED BY THE DEFENDANT, YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CALL THE POLICE USING 911, THEN INFORM THE PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE AT (740) 702-3190.