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Title 13 : Crimes and Criminal Procedure

Chapter 165 : VICTIMS

(Cite as: 13 V.S.A. § 5304)
  • § 5304. Victims Assistance Program

    (a) The Center for Crime Victim Services shall create and maintain a Victims Assistance Program. Except as otherwise provided by law, victim advocates shall provide victims the following services:

    (1) Information. Victims shall be informed as to the level of protection available, procedures to be followed in order to receive applicable witness fees, the right to seek restitution as an element of the final disposition of the case, and the right to appear at sentencing in accordance with section 7006 of this title.

    (2) Notification. Victims shall be notified in a timely manner when a court proceeding involving their case is scheduled to take place and when a court proceeding to which they have been summoned will not take place as scheduled. Victims shall also be notified as to the final disposition of the case and shall be notified of their right to request notification of a person’s release or escape under section 5305 of this title. Notwithstanding this subdivision, the notification rights of victims of delinquent acts are governed by 33 V.S.A. chapters 52 and 52A.

    (3) Services. Victims shall be entitled to:

    (A) receive short-term counseling and support from the victim advocate and referrals for further services;

    (B) assistance in obtaining financial assistance and minimizing loss of pay or other benefits resulting from involvement in the criminal justice process;

    (C) assistance in documenting and preparing requests for restitution and insurance reimbursement;

    (D) assistance in obtaining protection through local law enforcement agencies from harm and threats of harm arising out of their cooperation with the court system;

    (E) assistance in the return of property from law enforcement agencies;

    (F) assistance and support in dealing with law enforcement agencies; and

    (G) transportation as needed to court proceedings.

    (b) A victim may decline any service provided by the Victims Assistance Program under this section. (Added 1985, No. 182 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1986; amended 1989, No. 290 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1991, No. 263 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1995, No. 170 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1996; 2015, No. 97 (Adj. Sess.), § 75; 2021, No. 160 (Adj. Sess.), § 5, eff. June 1, 2022.)