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I have a Federal law and Illinois law called the Michelle Eppel Law. It is a law where perpatrators of rape and child molestation pay lifetime healthcare for victims. I testified for this law in the year o...
michelle Eppel
09/21/2011
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What is the sheriff dept responsibility when notifying the next of kin when someone is murdered? The murderer is still alive at the time and is airlifted to the hospital and dies a couple of days later.
Debbie Taylor
08/17/2010
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Is is unethical for an investigator to be involved in a case where he is friends with the murderers father?
Debbie Taylor
08/17/2010
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There is a question amoung some of our victim's if Vic Comp should pay for burial for all regardless of criminal record. Do states do this? What are peoples thought?
trm
11/10/2009
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Meagan Blan
05/18/2010
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Collection of Restitution for victims of crimes. After restitution is ordered the only thing I am allowed to do is take a Def back to Court on a Motion to Enforce payment of restitution. All that happens a...
Deborah Dorr
06/24/2009
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I am a former DV Advocate and worked in a outreach office. I am now a Victim's Advocate working out of the Prosecutor's Office. Where are the boundaries between the new DV Advocate and myself? People in t...
Xandra Underwoo
06/23/2009
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Teresa
08/12/2009
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I am new to this position and an agent at a state level law enforcment office. I would like to interact with others in this position at the state and federal level as this seems to present unique challenge...
Vli
01/12/2009
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Are there distinct rights or protections provided to victims of crime who are children/under age 18?
atd
12/11/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/11/2008
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A local DV program has been forbidden to go into court with victims petitioning for protective orders, despite the victims' desire to have them there. What can I suggest?
Stacy Ruble
12/11/2008
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Kim
05/14/2009
arrow icon The bailiff said that the judge wanted the parties involved ...
Stacy
12/15/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/12/2008
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12/10/2008
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As a Victim Witness Coordinator I have had cases where the victim wants (and deserves) restitution, but the Assistant District Attorney has refused to make it part of the offer and simply tells me that &qu...
Lea
12/10/2008
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James
03/23/2011
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Virginia
06/24/2009
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Meg Garvin
01/05/2009
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Dawn
12/11/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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John Stein
12/11/2008
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What is the best way for a victims' advocate, working in the prosecutor's office, inform a prosecutor he just violated a victim's right?
F. Dauway
12/10/2008
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Maria
10/12/2010
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Meg Garvin
12/11/2008
arrow icon 1. Politely.2. Initiate a conversation with your DA (and oth...
John Stein
12/11/2008
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How many folks on the call have a Victims Bill of Rights or some other equivalent? Do you also have legislation to enforce those rights? If so, is it successful?
Denise
12/10/2008
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Carol Dorris
12/17/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/11/2008
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Is there a limit a judge can put on the number of victims in a case that make oral impact statements? I always thought each victim was able to make one, but our judge will not allow more than 2 victims per...
Nancy
12/10/2008
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Carol Dorris
12/15/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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What do you recommend for victims who are litigating cases not directly related to their victimization, but nonetheless feel victimized or fearful throughout the litigation? For instance, a battered spouse...
TH
12/10/2008
arrow icon The WomensLaw Web site seems to contain a lot of state speci...
Carol Dorris
12/17/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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When entering an appearance in court on behalf of the victim, is it typical for an attorney to sit through the whole trial? If so, are they able to object to potential jury members, certain aspects of tes...
Rene Wright
12/10/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/11/2008
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If a victim of DV is applying for an Order of Protection in a different state from where the abuse occurred does the judge where the victim now resides have jurisdiction to grant the order of protection? T...
Karen
12/10/2008
arrow icon I, unfortunately, am not an expert in this area either. The...
Carol Dorris
12/17/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/11/2008
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I would like to know if an advocate can read a victim's victim impact statement in court if the victim feels he/she cannot?
Michele Rigney
12/10/2008
arrow icon Yes, the victim advocate can read the victim impact statemen...
Maria
10/12/2010
arrow icon This should be permissible everywhere. Victims often have a...
Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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I am intrigued by the concept of general “due process rights” for victims that derive from other more specific rights in legislation (or perhaps even case law). I think it would be good for th...
Mario Gaboury
12/10/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/12/2008
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Please discuss what steps states can take to make victim rights laws enforcable.
Pataricia Foste
12/10/2008
arrow icon States are using a wide variety of mechanisms in their attem...
Carol Dorris
12/15/2008
arrow icon This is probably a 2 part question & answer. The first quest...
Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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columbia university press just published my book on a model for reforming rape reforms "Addressing Rape Reform in Law and Practice". how can i begin to translate this work into practice, i.e., wh...
susan caringell
12/10/2008
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Carol Dorris
12/15/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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Separate seating area in the court room for victims of crime. This is needed for my victims, but is not usually available. Is this legislated under victims right in some states, and are Judges compliant wi...
carolyn
12/10/2008
arrow icon Quite a few states do have laws on the books to encourage se...
Carol Dorris
12/15/2008
arrow icon Approximately 30 states have laws that either mandate or enc...
Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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John Stein
12/11/2008
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can u identify any groups, entities enforcing id theft victims rights in court? what is their "model"?
esther chavez
12/10/2008
arrow icon More and more states are passing laws to provide more protec...
Carol Dorris
12/10/2008
arrow icon The Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center is one of 3 organ...
Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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A somewhat broad question, but what are generally the best practices for advocating for victim’s rights when there are only limited statutory protections under state law?
IowaCASA
12/10/2008
arrow icon I have to agree with Meg. Strengthening your state's laws i...
Carol Dorris
12/10/2008
arrow icon My first reaction is that we need to get into your state and...
Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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What if anything can you suggest to assist victims that may have to represent themselves during a peace/protective order hearing to convey the seriousness of their safety, when there are no visible bruises...
dgardner
12/10/2008
arrow icon You are also welcome to have victims call the National Cente...
Carol Dorris
12/15/2008
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Meg Garvin
12/10/2008
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