The Aftermath of Crime Guidebook, Mass. Office of Victim Assistance
This comprehensive (136-page) guide covers: Trauma and the Healing Process, Seeking Justice through the Criminal Justice System, Victims and the Prosecution Process, Post Disposition Services for Victims, Financial Remedies for Victims of Crimes, and information for advocates.
MGL c. 6, s.178A Right of victim of crime, witness or family member of homicide victim to obtain criminal offender record information of person accused or convicted; disclosure of other information by criminal justice agencies
MGL c.10, s.66 Victims of Drunk Driving Fund
MGL c.12, s.11K Crime Victim Compensation Division
MGL c.258B Rights of Victims and Witnesses of Crime
MGL c.258C Victim Compensation.
MGL c.263A Witness Protection
MGL c.268, s.13B Intimidation of witness, jurors and persons furnishing information in connection with criminal proceedings
120 CMR 400 Victim Input and Notification of Parole Hearings and Decisions
120 CMR 401 Victim Access Hearings
803 CMR 9 Victim Notification Registry
940 CMR 14 Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes
18 USC 3771 Crime Victims' Rights Act
Selected case law
Commonwealth v. Gonsalves , 445 Mass. 1 (2005)
Victim/Witness Statements. Most statements given to police investigating a crime may not be used at trial unless the witness can be cross-examined.
Commonwealth v. McGonagle, 478 Mass. 678 (2018)
"We all stand equal before the bar of justice, and it is neither cruel nor unusual or irrational, nor is it violative of a defendant's due process guarantees, for a judge to listen with intensity to the perspective of a crime victim" when making a sentencing decision.
Commonwealth v. Potter, 39 Mass. App. Ct. 924 (1995)
Intimidation of witness
Commonwealth v. Torres, 479 Mass. 641 (2018)
Victim compensation records are subject to normal discovery rules for confidential, third-party records
Mass. Office of Victim Assistance
"MOVA staff offers crisis intervention and short term counseling, referrals to appropriate programs and service providers, and information and advocacy to help victims better understand the criminal justice system."
Application for Crime Victim's Compensation, Mass. Attorney General
Describes victim compensation services, including who is eligible, what expenses are covered, and how to apply
CLAVC: Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime.
"Do you have legal problems as a result of this crime — such as a need for a divorce or child support, getting your credit fixed, a housing eviction or problems getting disability or other public benefits?...Contact the CLAVC legal aid program that serves your town to apply for free legal help today."
Office for Victims of Crime
"OVC administers the Crime Victims Fund (the Fund), which is financed by fines and penalties paid by convicted federal offenders, not from tax dollars. Federal revenues deposited into the Fund also come from gifts, donations, and bequests by private parties. OVC channels funding for victim compensation and assistance throughout the United States, raises awareness about victims’ issues, promotes compliance with victims’ rights laws, and provides training and technical assistance and publications and products to victim assistance professionals."
Representing Victims of Human Trafficking in Massachusetts. A Guide for Attorneys, Dara Goodman, Stephanie Neely, and Michaela Sewall, WilmerHale. 2013
Victim Rights Law Center
"The Victim Rights Law Center provides free, comprehensive legal services for sexual assault victims with legal issues in Massachusetts and Oregon in the areas of privacy, safety, housing, education, employment, immigration, and financial stability."
Victim-Witness Reference Manual, Mass. District Attorneys Ass'n., 2010.
"Victim-witness advocates are professionals trained to support crime victims and witnesses. ... Advocates have a duty to make sure that victims and witness get what they are entitled to. Advocates also must ensure that all victims and witnesses are treated with compassion, dignity and fairness." This lengthy (over 200-page) guide provides everything an advocate might need to know.
Crime Victim's Guide to Justice , Sphinx, 2008
Mass. Practice, v.37, Tort Law , West Group, with supplement.
Section 1.5 Victims of violent crimes
Special Witnesses at Criminal Trials , MCLE, 2009
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