Welcome to the Crime Victims Rights Toolkit

The Crime Victims Rights Toolkit serves as a self-help resource for crime victims. The Toolkit is designed to help victims of Ohio and federal crimes understand and exercise their rights. If a crime victim is having difficulty exercising his or her rights, he or she may contact the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center immediately to request assistance.

There are two primary ways that victims and advocates for victims can use the Crime Victims Rights Toolkit.

Whether the victim uses the “Research Database” or the “Create A Case” and "View My Case" tools, this information will be returned by phase of the criminal justice process and the order of the information will reflect the most likely order in which the victim can expect the rights, requirements, requests, best practices or supplemental information to arise. There are five phases of the criminal justice process: Hospital, Investigation, Prosecution, Post-Conviction, and things that apply throughout all of these stages (“Throughout the Process”).

Research

First, victims who do not wish to enter any personal information may research their rights by clicking on the “Research Database” tab. Victims will be prompted to enter some information about themselves and the nature of the crime they have been affected by. The system will then return a specialized listing of all rights, requirements, requests, best practices and supplemental information that apply to the victim based upon the selections the victim made in the brief questionnaire. The victim should note that the accuracy of results depends entirely on the accuracy of the information the victim provides.

Research

 

Create a Case and View My Case

Second, victims who wish to have more individualized results, logged in users who wish to track their case timelines, and victims who wish to use the request-your-rights letter generator, may do so by clicking on the “Create a Case” tab, and subsequently, the "View My Case" tab. Victims will be prompted to answer a series of specific questions regarding information about themselves, the offender, and the crime. Victims will then be able to view a list of all applicable rights (select “All Applicable Rights”) that apply to them, and produce letters to request certain rights by selecting “Request Your Rights.” The victim should note that the accuracy of results depends entirely on the accuracy of the information the victim provides. 

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Categories Defined

Right

Constitutional, statutory or regulatory provisions that contain mandatory language imposing a duty that must be carried out.  In other words, the actions or outcomes described "shall" or "must" occur.

Requirement

Constitutional, statutory or regulatory provisions that contain mandatory language imposing a duty that must be carried out.  In other words, the actions or outcomes described "shall" or "must" occur, but the victim cannot enforce the obligation.

Best Practice

Constitutional, statutory or regulatory provisions that contain aspirational language describing an optimal outcome or process that should be carried out.  In other words, the actions or outcomes described "should" occur.  The victim cannot enforce the obligation.

Request

Constitutional, statutory or regulatory provisions that contain language describing a possible outcome or process that could be carried out.  In other words, the actions or outcomes described "could" or "may" occur, usually at the sole discretion of a third party.  These must be requested, and while they cannot be "violated," they can either be honored or denied.

Supplemental Information

Constitutional, statutory or regulatory provisions that contain informational language describing processes or available resources.  These cannot be requested using the toolkit and any potential violations will not be tracked.

Definition

Used to define relevant information, such as a legal term.

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Thanks to everyone who has contributed their time and expertise to this project

Any project of this size and scope requires many amazing people to help develop and refine it.  Below is the list of individuals who have selflessly dedicated their time and expertise to making this project great!

Crystal Baker
Summit Co. Prosecutor's Office

Karen Ball

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh
Summit County Prosecutor's Office

Hannah Botkin-Doty
The Law Firm of Doty and Obenour LLC

Julia D'Agostino
SARNCO

Angie Canepa
Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine-
Assistant Section Chief-Special Prosecutions Division

Phyllis Carlson-Riehm
Action Ohio

Geoffrey Collver
Disability Rights Ohio

Jackie Danalewich

Independent Hospital & Healthcare Professional

Musa Ente

CRIS-Ohio

Andrew Franks
Strategery LLC

Marisa Gonzalez
Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Judge Brian Hagan

Rocky River Municipal Court

Katie Hanna
Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Cathy Harper Lee
Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

Gary Heath
Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services -
Family Violence Prevention Center

Heather Herron Murphy 
SARNCO

Karin Ho
Ohio Dept. of Youth Services

Laura Kaiser

Mount Carmel Health

Masuda Jahan

Kaitlyn Kendall-Sperry

Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Teri LaJeunesse
Greene County Prosecutor's Office

Diane Lampkins

The Center for Family Safety and Healing

Kristina Lawler

Columbus City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer, Jr.

 

Megan Mattimoe
Advocating Opportunity-
International Law Attorney-Human Trafficking

Lorie McCaughan
Capital University Law School-
Legal Clinic

Lauren MacDade
BRAVO

Joe Nemec

Attorney

Sondra Miller
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

Officer Kelly Monce
Lancaster Police Department

Nancy Neylon
Ohio Domestic Violence Network

Sherry Nolan
National Parents of Murdered Children

Sgt. David Pelphrey

Columbus Police Department

 

Becky Perkins

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Chrystal Pounds-Alexander
Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation & Correction

Brenda Russell

Alice Robinson-Bond

Deputy Director – Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission
Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine

 

Stephanie Smith-Bowman
Ohio School for the Deaf

Doug Stephens
Ohio CASA

Mary Turocy

Disability Rights Ohio

Barbara Vanarsdall
US Attorney's Office

David Voth
Ohio Victim Witness Association

Alan Wedd
Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services-
Research Specialist

Elizabeth Well
Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center

 

 

 

The Crime Victims Rights Toolkit was made possible in part by a Grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

This website was supported by grant number 2013VAGENE500T awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, through the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, or the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center does not deny service to crime victims on the basis of sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, race, and religion. Anyone who believes that she/he has been discriminated against based on their membership in one of these protected classes may file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights within 180 days of the date on which the discrimination took place. The OCR regional office for Ohio can be reached at: (312) 886-2359.