YOUR RIGHTS (Knowing Your Rights)

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Victim Compensation

Indiana’s Crime Victims’ Compensation Program, funded in part through the OVC-administered Crime Victims Fund, may help offset a victim’s financial burden related to funeral, mental health, medical, and other expenses. Following is contact information for this program:

Indiana Criminal Justice Institute

Victim Services Division

101 West Washington Street, Suite 1170E

Indianapolis, IN  46204

Phone: 800–353–1484

How can I file for violent crime compensation funds?
The crime must have taken place in Indiana and been reported to the police within 48 hours. Victims or survivors must have been cooperative in the investigation and prosecution of the crime, have out-of-pocket expenses of a least $100, and an application for benefits must have been filed with the Violent Crime Compensation Office no later than 180 days for sex crimes and two (2) years for all other violent crime. Local county victim advocates should provide and assist victims in completing and filing the application. If there is no advocate in your county, contact the Violent Crime Compensation Office at 317.232.1233 or 800.353.1484 (this service is provided for victims only). For information on the Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund click here. Center for Victim and Human Rights (CVHR) is the only nonprofit legal services organization in Indiana specifically designed to help victims of crime and human rights abuses. We advance our mission “to empower and advance the safety of victims through legal representation and educational outreach” by providing comprehensive legal representation for victims of crime and human rights violations who often lack safety and resources.

Address Confidentiality Program

Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, harassment, intimidation and invasion of privacy who fear for their safety are eligible for the ACP. All ACP applications have a section that must be completed by a trained victim’s advocate.

If those initial requirements are met, participation in the program may be offered to:

  • Individuals at least 18 years of age or,
  • A parent or guardian acting on behalf of a minor or,
  • A guardian acting on behalf of an incapacitated person.

How to apply

Your application must be signed by a trained victim advocate. Your victim advocate has all the required documents. If you need help finding a list of trained advocates in your area, click here. To learn more about the program e-mail [email protected].

Appellate Victim Notification Program: 

This link provides information about the appeal process. It explains keeping your contact information up to date with your victim advocate to be contacted about any appeals.

Request for Court Proceedings

Court proceedings and hearings can be tedious and lengthy to follow. There are sometimes disconnects that occur between the legal systems and the victims. It is beneficial to know that you have a right to court documents. This link provides information on how to get a copy of court records.


           Ch. 1.Legislative Intent

           Ch. 2.Applicability; Standing to Invoke Rights

           Ch. 3.Statutory Construction

           Ch. 4.Definitions

           Ch. 5.Victim Rights

           Ch. 6.Prosecuting Attorney Duties and Victim Assistance Programs

           Ch. 7.Notice of Release on Bond or Escape

           Ch. 8.Notice of Probation Modification, Revocation, or Termination

           Ch. 9.Notice of Release, Discharge, or Escape From a Mental Health Treatment Agency

           Ch. 10.Request for Notice

           Ch. 11.Victim’s Discretion; Form of Statement

           Ch. 12.Procedures Related to Notices and Consultations

           Ch. 13.Inability to Exercise Rights; Designation of Others; Representative of a Minor

           Ch. 14.Rights of Victims of Identity Deception

           Ch. 15.Right to Request a New Investigation

Chapter 5. Victim Rights

           35-40-5-1Right to fairness, dignity, and respect; right to freedom from harassment and intimidation

           35-40-5-2Release or escape from custody of perpetrator

           35-40-5-3Right to confer with prosecuting attorney’s office

           35-40-5-4Consideration of victim’s safety

           35-40-5-5Right to be heard at sentencing or release

           35-40-5-6Presentence reports

           35-40-5-7Order of restitution

           35-40-5-8Right to information about criminal case or perpetrator

           35-40-5-8.5Victim’s right to an electronic transcript

           35-40-5-9Right to be informed of victim’s rights


           35-40-5-11.5Deposition of child victims of sex crimes

           35-40-5-12Designation of certain victims in public documents

           35-40-5-13Use of comfort item by child witness

 Chapter 6. Prosecuting Attorney Duties and Victim Assistance Programs

           35-40-6-1Applicability of chapter

           35-40-6-2Victims to be treated with dignity

           35-40-6-3Victim assistance program; contract to operate

           35-40-6-4Victim assistance program; purposes

           35-40-6-5Victim-offender reconciliation program

           35-40-6-6Threat of harm to victim

           35-40-6-7Notification requested by victim

           35-40-6-8Request form for revocation of bond

           35-40-6-9Contact between victim and probation department

           35-40-6-10Victim to be informed of status of case


 IC 35-40-6-4Victim assistance program; purposes

     Sec. 4. A prosecuting attorney or a victim assistance program shall do the following:

(1) Inform a victim that the victim may be present at all public stages of the criminal justice process to the extent that:

(A) the victim’s presence and statements do not interfere with a defendant’s constitutional rights; and

(B) there has not been a court order restricting, limiting, or prohibiting attendance at the criminal proceedings.

(2) Timely notify a victim of all criminal justice hearings and proceedings that are scheduled for a criminal matter in which the victim was involved.

(3) Promptly notify a victim when a criminal court proceeding has been rescheduled or canceled.

(4) Obtain an interpreter or translator, if necessary, to advise a victim of the rights granted to a victim under the law.

(5) Coordinate efforts of local law enforcement agencies that are designed to promptly inform a victim after an offense occurs of the availability of, and the application process for, community services for victims and the families of victims, including information concerning services such as the following:

(A) Victim compensation funds.

(B) Victim assistance resources.

(C) Legal resources.

(D) Mental health services.

(E) Social services.

(F) Health resources.

(G) Rehabilitative services.

(H) Financial assistance services.

(I) Crisis intervention services.

(J) Transportation and child care services to promote the participation of a victim or a member of the victim’s immediate family in the criminal proceedings.

(6) Inform the victim that the court may order a defendant convicted of the offense involving the victim to pay restitution to the victim under IC 35-50-5-3.

(7) Upon request of the victim, inform the victim of the terms and conditions of release of the person accused of committing a crime against the victim.

(8) Upon request of the victim, give the victim notice of the criminal offense for which:

(A) the defendant accused of committing the offense against the victim was convicted or acquitted; or

(B) the charges were dismissed against the defendant accused of committing the offense against the victim.

(9) In a county having a victim-offender reconciliation program (VORP), provide an opportunity for a victim, if the accused person or the offender agrees, to:

(A) meet with the accused person or the offender in a safe, controlled environment;

(B) give to the accused person or the offender, either orally or in writing, a summary of the financial, emotional, and physical effects of the offense on the victim and the victim’s family; and

(C) negotiate a restitution agreement to be submitted to the sentencing court for damages incurred by the victim as a result of the offense.

(10) Assist a victim in preparing verified documentation necessary to obtain a restitution order under IC 35-50-5-3.

(11) Inform a victim (or the spouse or an immediate family member of a deceased victim) of the victim’s right to a copy of the trial transcript, and assist the victim, spouse, or immediate family member in obtaining a transcript as described in IC 35-40-5-8.5.

(12) Advise a victim of other rights granted to a victim under the law.

(13) Assist a local law enforcement authority in notifying a victim (or the spouse or an immediate family member of a deceased victim) under IC 11-8-8-23 of an offender’s name change.

Sentencing Statistics*

•The average maximum sentence length for murder was 20 years and 11 months.
•The average maximum time served was 9 years and 2 months – 44 percent of the actual sentence.
•Twenty-nine percent of parole discharges returned to prison were reincarcerated for murder.

*U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics