What Are My Rights?

You may be eligible to receive compensation for some of the expenses you incurred as a direct result of the assault: lost wages, medical costs, private counseling expenses, etc. Connecticut’s Office of Victim Services has caring, compassionate and knowledgeable staff that can help you through the Victim Compensation Program.

The Office of Victim Services



Statewide 24-Hour Toll-Free Hotlines

1-888-999-5545 (English)

1-888-568-8332 (Español)

Crime victims and their families have the right to:

Be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process.

Have the case heard and resolved in a fair and reasonable amount of time.

Be reasonably protected from the offender throughout the criminal justice process.

Receive notification of court proceedings.

Attend the trial and all other court proceedings.


Communicate with the prosecution.

Have the opportunity to support or disagree with any agreement between the prosecutor and the offender, about the charges and sentence, and to make a statement to the court before it accepts the agreement.

Make a statement to the court at sentencing.

Be given information about the arrest, conviction, sentence, imprisonment and release of the offender.

Get Involved

Sexual Assault Crisis Counselors/Advocates

Our advocacy programs employ certified counselors and advocates that have the training and skills to assist victims and families in their journey to healing.

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Post-Conviction Victim Advocates

Certified advocates are available to victims as well as their families, who have an offender that has been convicted and is being supervised or paroled.

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Support for Survivors & Loved Ones

Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence offers 24 hour-a-day support to those who need it. Our support system includes both English and Spanish hotlines as well as other services.

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