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.
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