The Victim Services Unit (VSU) provides statewide services to all victims of violent crimes whose offenders become parole eligible.
The VSU provides services to victims and family members of victims of homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, motor vehicle homicide and other violent crimes. The VSU provides services such as information and notification of all parole events to CORI-certified petitioners as set forth in Victim Bill of Rights M.G.L.c.258B. It provides assistance in preparing victim impact statements and/or testimony for parole hearings, and accompanies victims and parent/guardians of minor aged victims, as well as family members of homicide victims to parole hearings. The VSU also helps with requesting parole conditions that increase the safety and well-being of victims, and assists with Victim Notification Registration, also known as Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) registration so victims and family members can receive notifications and services.