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The Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA) has compiled and distributed several brochures and information guides to assist the victims of various types of crimes. Please take a moment to view these brochures/guides and read the below message from the Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA).
MESSAGE FROM THE STATE VICTIM ADVOCATE:
On behalf of the dedicated staff at The Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA) -- an independent state agency responsible for the protection and promotion of the state Constitutional and Statutory rights of Crime Victims throughout the State of Connecticut -- I am pleased to provide the following guide, which was created to better assist victims of crime as they journey through the criminal justice process in Connecticut.
As the criminal justice process can often be a source of frustration and anxiety for many crime victims, the OVA, with the creation of this guide, strives to provide pertinent information regarding the process as a whole, the crime victim’s role, and recommendations and resources to assist the crime victim in understanding and exercising their state Constitutional and Statutory rights.
The guide is intended to serve only as a tool for crime victims and is not designed or intended to address any specific criminal case. The information contained in the guide is a general explanation of the criminal justice process, is not intended to direct the course of a particular case, and is not legal advice relating to a particular case. This information does not preclude a crime victim from seeking legal advice from an attorney or other advice from trained professionals.
Although we are a small office with a large task ahead of us, we are committed to bettering the criminal justice process on behalf of all crime victims in this state. A special “Thank you” is extended to OVA Complaint Officer Merit Lajoie for her tireless efforts on behalf of all crime victims, but especially for the creation of this timely resource to help educate victims about the justice system.