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									                                                 OVS MI S S I ON                         S P ECI FI C S ER VI CES OFF ER ED
                                                                                                                                                   NEW JER S EY CR I ME VI CT I MS '
                                                                                     ϖ   Assist victims with concerns related to                        B I L L OF R I GHT S
        New Jer sey                 T he Of f ice of Vict im S er vices is               offenders ordered to the jurisdiction of the
                                                                                                                                                C rime victims are entitled to the following
Depar t ment of Cor r ect ions      devoted to protecting the rights of
                                                                                         New Jersey Department of C orrections.
                                   victims of crime and assisting them in
                                       obtaining meaningful services                 ϖ   Provide support for all affected individuals of
                                                                                                                                            •      T o be treated with dignity and
                                                                                         crime (i.e., family and community members),
                                    and locating appropriate resources                                                                             compassion by the criminal justice
                                                                                         and act as a referral agent to assist victims
                                  throughout the community while being                   in obtaining resources.                                   system.
                                     sensitive to the needs of victims.
     OF FI CE OF                                                                                                                            •      T o be informed of the criminal justice
                                                                                     ϖ   Collaborate with local, state, and federal
 VI CT I M S ER VI CE S              T he Of f ice of Vict im S er vices                 agencies in order to increase awareness of                process.
                                   further provides timely information
         (OVS )                  ϖ and services aimed at enhancing and
                                                                                         victims’ issues throughout the community.
                                                                                                                                            •     T o be free from intimidation.
                                     improving the victim’s knowledge of             ϖ   Assist victims relative to the Department's
                                  New Jersey’s correctional system.                      community release process.                         •     T o have inconveniences associated
                                                                                                                                                  with participation in the criminal justice
                                                                                     ϖ   Offer a Vict im-I mpact Pr ogr am entitled               process minimized to the fullest extent
                                                                                         " F ocus on t he Vict im" (F OV) to offenders            possible.
                                 T raditionally, the needs of crime victims have         assigned to New Jersey's adult state
                                                                                         correctional institutions. T he F OV Program       •     T o be informed about available
                                 gained greater     emphasis     in   correctional       seeks to raise the offender’s understanding              remedies, financial assistance and
                                 organizations throughout the nation through             and awareness of the long-term impact of                 social services.
                                                                                         his/her actions on victims of crime and
                                 the post-sentencing phase.      Historically, the       society as a whole. Facilitated by trained         •     T o be compensated for their loss
                                 focus of victim services was placed on the              staff members, the F OV Program outlines                 whenever possible.
                                                                                         the impact of crime on victims, communities,
                                 trial and sentencing phases.                            as well as the victim’s family members.
                                                                                                                                            •     T o submit a written statement about
                                                                                                                                                  the impact of the crime to a
                                 Federal laws have begun to expand the scope         ϖ   Volunt eer Guest S peaker Net wor k –                    representative     of    the       county
                                                                                         One of the most significant aspects of the               prosecutor’s office which shall be
                                 of   victims’ rights     by   addressing victim
                                                                                         Focus on the Victim Program is the                       considered prior to the prosecutor’s
                                 notification,   victim    impact     statements,        personalizing of the crime and its effect on             final decision concerning whether
                                                                                         victims, families, and the community. T o                formal criminal charges will be filed.
                                 protection, and restitution throughout the
                                                                                         enforce this message, the FOV Program
                                 correctional process.                                   provides       the       opportunity       for
                                                                                         victims/survivors, secondary victims, and         • T o make, prior to sentencing, an in-
Division of Pr ogr ams &         T o this end, the New Jersey Department of
                                                                                         victim service professionals to speak directly          person statement directly to the
                                                                                         to inmates participating in the FOV Program             sentencing courts concerning the impact
 Communit y S er vices           Corrections specifically established the Of f ice       about the significant impact that crime has             of the crime.
                                                                                         on victims.
                                 of Vict im S er vices (OVS ) in the year 2000
                                 in order to strengthen the Department’s role        ϖ   For more information concerning
                                 in responding to the needs of victims of                our   Volunteer   Guest Speaker                          "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can
                                                                                         Network, please contact us at (800)                       only be achieved by understanding."
                                 crime.                                                                                                                      Albert Einstein
                                                                                         996-2029 or (609) 943-5390.
                                                                                                                                                                       CONT ACT S :
                                                                                                          Fr equent ly Asked Quest ions:
       Fr equent ly Asked Quest ions:                     Fr equent ly Asked Quest ions:
                                                                                                                                                        New Jer sey Depar t ment of Cor r ect ions
                                                                                                         W hat is VI NE and what w ill it do                  Of f ice of Victim S er vices
    Am I ent it led t o r eceive r est it ut ion                                                                      f or me?                                         P.O. Box 863
f r om t he of f ender (s) who commit t ed a        How can I locat e inf or mat ion r egar ding                                                              T renton, New Jersey 08625
                                                        an inmat e's locat ion, st at us, and        T he VI NE (Victim I nformation Notification                    (609) 943-5390 or
             cr ime against me?
                                                                                                                                                             toll free in NJ (800) 996-2029
                                                     sent encing inf or mat ion who is in t he       Everyday) System provides victim notification
                                                                                                                                                                    fax (609) 984-4635
You are entitled to receive restitution if it is   cust ody of t he New Jer sey Depar t ment of      24 hours a day, 7 days a week.                           www.state.nj.us/corrections
ordered by the judge at the time of                          Cor r ect ions (NJDOC)?                 I f you are interested in this service, you will
sentencing. When restitution is ordered, the                                                         need to register with VI NE by calling toll-free       New Jer sey S t at e P ar ole B oar d
Department of C   orrections will begin their      T he NJDOC operates a web site that provides      1-877-VI NE-4-NJ (1-877-846-3465) from a                      Vict im S er vices
collection process while the offender is           information on the offender's status, location,   touch-tone phone and follow the directions                      609-292-4582
under their jurisdiction (adult offenders          release dates, and sentence.                      prompted by this service. You may also visit
serving time in a state correctional facility).                                                      the following web site for more information,            S t at e of New Jer sey Vict ims of
OVS staff is available to assist victims with        T o access this web site, enter the following   http://www.victimwitness.nj.gov/vine               Cr ime Compensat ion B oar d (VCCB )
specific questions regarding the status and                            address:                                                                                          877-658-2221
collection process of their restitution.                  http://www.state.nj.us/corrections.           I f I am not if ied by t he P r osecut or ’s
                                                                                                        Of f ice t hat an inmat e is eligible f or             New Jer sey S t at e Of f ice of
                                                                                                        communit y r elease, w hat can I do?                   Vict im-W it ness Advocacy
                                                                 Pr oceed as f ollows:
   I have been r eceiving t hr eat s or
                                                                                                     You can forward your comments in writing
  unwant ed cont act f r om an inmat e.             ¬   C lick on "Offender Search" located on the
                                                                                                     regarding the release of an inmate into a                 Of f ice f or Vict ims of Cr ime
           W hat can I do?                              left-hand side of the screen.
                                                                                                     community setting to the Office of Victim            Dir ect or y of Cr ime Vict im S er vices
                                                    ¬   Respond to the Disclaimer (Yes/No).
                                                                                                     Services. T he New Jersey Department of              http://ovc.ncjrs.org/findvictimservices
You may call or write to the following              ¬   Enter either the offender's name, SBI
                                                                                                     C orrections, Division of Programs and
contact to express your concerns in order               number, and/or any other identifying
                                                                                                     C ommunity Services, has established a Victim             New Jer sey Depar t ment of
for the matter to be further investigated:              information about the offender.
                                                                                                     Notification C lassification Committee that                 Communit y Af f air s
                                                    ¬   Next, click on "Submit" located at the
                                                                                                     meets to address concerns expressed by                    Domest ic Violence Hot line
   New Jersey Department of C    orrections             bottom of the screen.
                                                                                                     victims regarding the potential release of an                800-572-SAFE (7233)
          Office of Victim Services                 ¬   Select the appropriate offender from the
                                                                                                     inmate into a community program.
                P.O. Box 863                            search results provided.
       T renton, New Jersey 08625                                                                                                                           Mot her s Against Dr unk Dr iving
               (609) 943-5390                                                                        W hat ot her r esour ces can I be pr ovided                  (MADD) Hot line
                                                   I f more information is needed, you may contact
                      or                                                                                   wit h as a vict im of a cr ime?                     800-438-MADD (6233)
                                                   OVS directly and a staff member will be
      toll free in NJ (800) 996-2029               available to assist you with technical
                                                                                                     OVS staff is available to assist victims in             New Jer sey Coalit ion Against
                                                                                                     locating appropriate resources and making                S exual Assault Hot line
                                                                                                     referrals throughout the community. OVS                         800-601-7200
                                                                                                     maintains a directory of victim related
                                                                                                     resources/services throughout the state,                New Jer sey’s Cr ime Vict im’s
                                                                                                     along with national victim support agencies.                     L aw Cent er
                                                                                                     OVS collaborates with various state and local                   973-729-9342
                                                                                                     agencies and organizations in order to                 New Jer sey Division on W omen
                                                                                                     establish a network of services for victims.                  609-292-8840

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