People who experience trauma can find the court system to be confusing and intimidating. To help reduce anxiety we provide a variety of free court advocacy services based upon individual needs.
We provide information and support during criminal trials, protection order hearings, and to those required to testify.
Victims whose lives have been threatened have the right to ask courts for protection orders. These orders mandate others to avoid contact with victims. We address safety concerns and provide information about protection orders and eligibility requirements. We also help individuals complete protection order applications and accompany victims to hearings.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office oversees the Victim Identification Notification Everyday (VINE) program, which increases victims’ awareness of the status of incarcerated aggressors. Our advocates educate victims about this system and help with the registration.
Each state has funds to help reimburse eligible victims and their families. Victim Assistance Program assists individuals in applying for these funds administered by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
During criminal sentencing, victims and their loved ones have the right to provide victim impact statements to shed light on the impact of their victimization. We connect victims with Victim Witness Advocates from the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office who will meet with victims to prepare these statements.
Under the Ohio Revised Code, victims have legal rights which must be upheld by the court of law. We educate victims about their rights, and will refer them to attorneys if those rights are being violated.