Services for Victims

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Services for Victims

Victims of crime face many setbacks as a result of their tragic and unexpected circumstances. The Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Section provides funding and services to aid victims, training for professionals who assist them, grants for victim service providers, and crime prevention programs for Ohio communities.

The Crime Victim Compensation Program reimburses qualifying victims of crime for out-of-pocket expenses lost as a direct result of the victimization. For more details about the program, click on the link above.

Marsy's Law

Marsy’s Law, the Ohio Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights, was overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2017. The law affords victims certain rights, including the right to be present and heard at all court proceedings, receive notice of release of the offender, and offer input on plea deals. Additionally, victims have the right to refuse discovery, the right to a prompt conclusion of their case and the right to restitution. The Crime Victim Bill of Rights shares details. You can access in-depth Marsy’s Law training here. And with this link you can access a downloadable PDF sample of an Ohio Victims’ Rights Request Form that is required by law. (Of note: These forms belong with the case in your local jurisdiction. The completed forms are not to be sent to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.)

If you need the Ohio Victims’ Rights Request Form in another language:

  • On mobile devices: use the Google Translate app to scan the document, and then translate it.
  • On desktop devices: download the document and then open Google Translate in a separate browser. Click the “documents” button, upload the Ohio Victims’ Rights Request Form that you had saved, choose a language and then choose "translate."

Restitution guidance for court clerks:

The Attorney General’s Office operates a database that survivors can use to anonymously track what happens to their sexual assault evidence kits (SAEKs) after they are seen by medical professionals.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Section is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable training for Ohio’s victim service providers.

The VINE program is a service that notifies victims when an incarcerated offender is released from custody or is transferred to another facility.

Victims of crime can search this database to find services.

The Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Section is responsible for the administration of the State Victims Assistance Act (SVAA) and the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant programs. The funds are provided to eligible crime victim assistance programs operating in public and nonprofit agencies throughout Ohio.

Crime victims and victim service providers can order the publications provided by the Attorney General's Crime Victim Services Section here.

SAFE pays for the cost of a forensic examination and the antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent sexually transmitted infections. The program reimburses medical facilities directly in the hopes of reducing the burden of dealing with billing issues for survivors of sexual assault.