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Addressing the Legal Needs of Crime Victims
 
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As a victim advocate for our sheriff's office I find that in most cases, my domestic violence victims cannot afford an attorney, while their abuser is assigned legal aid if they qualify. Free legal aid is...
Clare Wilson
09/18/2015
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Thank you for participating in OVC's Web Forum Guest Host Series. We hope this discussion will help you better serve crime victims. Please continue to discuss this and other topics with your colleagues on ...
OVCRC
08/12/2015
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Any tips on working with State VOCA administrators to provide more funding for legal services for victims and especially for a more expanded view of legal services that might include filing U-Visas or othe...
Gloria Pruzan
08/12/2015
arrow icon At this August's VOCA administrators conference there will b...
Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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There is a vast difference between providing "legal advocacy" and "legal advice." Do you have any quick tips for distinguishing between the two? When working with victim advocates (bot...
Susan Bragg
08/12/2015
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MCVRC
08/12/2015
arrow icon NCVLI trains on the difference between these two through tra...
Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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Is there a certification program for victim rights trainers? People claim to train about victim rights, but the level of understanding varies dramatically.
MCVRC
08/12/2015
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J. Alas
08/12/2015
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Are there any states that offer all-in-one programs that offer legal assistance for victims for all their needs? I often find that housing issues, restraining orders, debt collections, etc. coincide with ...
Mark
08/12/2015
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J. Alas
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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State prosecutors assert they are victim attorneys, is there a state that guarantees victims the right to a victim rights attorney?
MCVRC
08/12/2015
arrow icon It is widely recognized in law that a prosecutor is not (and...
Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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If a suspect has not yet been arrested, can a victim still be considered for a U Visa?
Claudia Ahwiren
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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How do we as Victim Advocates make sure that all of victims' rights get enforced throughout the court process?
Ashley
08/12/2015
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J. Alas
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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Any recommendations on how do we get restitution orders enforced?
MCVRC
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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how to help with a u vISA
Claudia Ahwiren
08/12/2015
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J. Alas
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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How do we best assist clients with severe mental or physical disabilities when they are over the age of consent, but their parents are fighting through the legal system over what is best for them?
Lea Porter
08/12/2015
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J. Alas
08/12/2015
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If a victim feels that their victims rights have been violated, what mechanisms exists to report these violations. It seems very few states have a formal, easy-to-find reporting mechanism.
Blair
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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MCVRC
08/12/2015
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J. Alas
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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How do we address juvenile victims and their righ to have represenation in court when their parents are the offender?
Elizabeth Gavin
08/12/2015
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MG
08/13/2015
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Lindsey A
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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How can we get a list of local attorneys who are interested n helping crime victims through civil litigation? Could we ask the local bar association to survey their membership and then print up a brochure ...
Patrick Guyton
08/12/2015
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Lindsey A
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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Meg Garvin
08/12/2015
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J. Alas
08/12/2015
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J. Alas
08/12/2015
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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to welcome Jessica Alas and Meg Garvin to the OVC Web Forum. They will be available to answer your questions on best practices for Addressing the Legal Ne...
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