Your Rights as a Crime Victim
As a victim of crime, you have rights. Also, you can expect to receive information, practical and emotional support, and be able to participate in the criminal justice process. These standards were created to make sure that you are treated with dignity and respect at all times, regardless of your gender, age, marital status, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or religion.
You have the right to be told…
- about basic services available to you in your county
- about certain court events, including information on bail, escape of offender, release of an offender
- about the details of the final disposition of a case
You have the right to receive…
- notice of the arrest of the offender
- information about restitution and assistance with compensation
- accompaniment to all criminal proceedings by a family member, a victim advocate or a support person
You have the right to provide input…
- into the sentencing decision and to receive help in preparing an oral and/or written victim impact statement
- into post sentencing decisions
Please see the resource list for local victim assistance options.
*For more information about your detailed rights or to file a complaint if you believe your rights have been violated, please contact: The Pennsylvania Crime Victims Office
Source: Pennsylvania Crime Victims (2012). "Your Rights as a Crime Victim"