Contact:  Sandy Adkins
Communications Specialist
National Center for State Courts


Crime victims are protected by the courts

National nonprofit offers resources on victims' rights for public, judiciary

Williamsburg, Va. (April 7, 2011) — Every state in the U.S. has a set of legal rights for crime victims — many of which are called a Victims' Bill of Rights — that generally include, among other things, the right to be notified of all and be present at certain criminal-justice proceedings and the right to restitution from a convicted offender. In addition, more than 30 states have constitutional amendments protecting the rights of crime victims, who represent all age groups and types of violations.

In recognition of the observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 10-16, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) highlights the following resources and information about state victims' assistance programs, what courts are doing to protect victims' rights, and three types of crime that may affect families — child and elder abuse and domestic violence: 


The NCSC Backgrounder is designed to provide the media with statistics and facts related to current issues of interest.

The National Center for State Courts, headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the administration of justice by providing leadership and service to the state courts. Founded in 1971 by the Conference of Chief Justices and Chief Justice of the United States Warren E. Burger, NCSC provides education, training, technology, management, and research services to the nation's state courts.