Victim Advocates provide comprehensive services to assist victims through the criminal justice system.
Services include court accompaniment, court notification, preparing victims for testimony, crisis intervention, providing emotional support, ensuring victims understand the criminal justice system and their rights under the Crime Victim Rights Act. They also connect victims to community resources and referrals.
Advocates assist victims with filing Crime Victim Compensation claims and Michigan Crime Victim Notification registration.
The Department of Attorney General is excited to be part of this important new program. Now that the bill has been signed into law, we are beginning to meet with stakeholders from across state government to create an online system that survivors can use to register with our office.
We’re still in the early planning stages but we anticipate that it may take awhile to create a system that meets the requirements of the law and can be easily accessed by the people who need it the most.
Though the law provides the Attorney General with two years to implement the system, we will be working as quickly as we can because we recognize the importance of the critical protections that this law provides.
Throughout our development, we will also strive to keep the public updated on our progress by posting updates on our website so please check back periodically to see how we’re doing.
COVID-19 has made the court systems re-evaluate how to proceed during a national pandemic.
Many cases have been adjourned and rescheduled for later dates, some hearings are being held via video conference, or live streamed. This has caused new issues that law enforcement officials are working through on a case by case basis.
Our advocates can help navigate this rapidly changing situation by keeping you informed of options and updates as soon as their available. Situations like this are why victim advocates are so crucial to the criminal justice process.
Crime victim compensation may help crime victims, who sustained a personal physical injury, and their immediate families with the financial costs of crime.
Crime victim compensation may pay some of the costs incurred as the result of a person being injured or killed during a crime.
Crime victim compensation does not pay for stolen or damaged property.
Crime victim compensation does not reimburse costs paid by medical insurance, auto insurance, homeowner's insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, worker's compensation, veteran's benefits, social security benefits, or any other source.
Up to $25,000 total in eligible costs, including:
The law requires that: