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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Rights Enforcement Toolkit

Victims’ rights are rights personally held by the victim that can be legally asserted during the criminal case. Independent legal representation is absolutely critical to making these rights meaningful. In this Toolkit are the tools that will help practitioners effectively assert and seek enforcement of their clients’ rights. 

The Toolkit has three parts: Pretrial, Trial, Post-Trial.  Whether you are entering a case pretrial, during trial, or post-trial, because victims’ rights can arise at any time, reviewing all of the tools is critical. The tools come in the form of video tutorials of rights, flowcharts that guide you through the how and when of asserting rights, checklists to ensure you are making all of the best arguments, and sample pleadings.

The Toolkit is meant as an overview; because every case is complex and every survivor unique, NCVLI’s legal team is ready to provide in-depth technical assistance. Request assistance by clicking here.






This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-TA-AX-K030 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.