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  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

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    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

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    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Child Victims

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Compensation and Reparations

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Disability Rights

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Domestic Violence

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Drunk Driving

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Elder Abuse

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

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  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

General Victims' Services and Information

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Hate Crimes

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Identity Theft

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Murder/Homicide

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Native American/Tribal

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

Network of Victims' Rights Enforcement Clinics

  • 1 in 6

    1 in 6 provides support for male victims of childhood sexual violence with general information, a national 24/7 online support line, and online therapy for residents of California.

  • 2009 OVC Report to the Nation: Putting Victims First

    The Report outlines OVC’s activities and accomplishments during fiscal years 2007 and 2008. Click here to view the full report.
  • 2012 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Has Record Attendance

    Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the 2012 Crime Victim Law Conference a success, especially our generous raffle & silent auction prize donors, wonderful local band SloeGinFizz who donated the musical performance, the amazing volunteers who helped make it happen, and the many Conference faculty and attendees who came and joined in the fun!  For more on the Reception, including photos, click the story title above.
  • 2012 NCVLI/NAVRA Training Series: Enhancing Justice for Crime Victims

    The NCVLI/NAVRA 2012 Training Series is designed to bring access to justice to crime victims nationwide by helping attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and law students learn the skills necessary to represent and advocate for crime victims. 
  • 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Chanpone Sinlapasai

    Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura is a partner at Marandas & McClellan.  Chanpone focuses on immigration law and specializes in assisting survivors of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Chanpone with the 2013 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2013 Pro Bono of the Year: Perkins Coie

    With more than 60 attorneys, Perkins Coie is one of the largest firms in Portland, Oregon.  This year Perkins Coie assisted with two significant cases in Oregon on behalf of victims.  NCVLI is proud to present Perkins Coie with the 2013 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: CAST

    The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST) is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual human rights organization that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its dedication to the identification of victims, mobilization of all sectors of the community to identify and advocate against trafficking, and provision of direct services for victims.  NCVLI is proud to honor CAST with the 2013 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Conference A Huge Success

    Thank you to everyone who attended last month’s Crime Victim Law Conference in Portland, OR.  We are particularly grateful to our sponsors and Reception donors.  This year we had record attendance, with nearly 250 attendees from 33 states, the District of Columbia, Australia, and Canada.  Click here to see photos from the Conference.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos
  • 2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos

    2014 Crime Victims’ Rights Reception Photos
  • 2014 Legal Advocacy Award: Amy Terrible

    A former prosecutor, Amy’s true passion is to achieve justice for victims by directly representing them in criminal cases against their offenders. NCVLI s proud to present Amy with the 2014 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Morrison

    Elizabeth Morrison came to NCVLI in November 2013 after graduating from Washington State University with her Bachelors of Arts and has since donated over 250 hours in six months.  NCVLI is honored to present Elizabeth with the 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Susan Nelson

    Susan East Nelson is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She iis a third-year law student at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 2015 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced

    We are thrilled to announce that Attorney Laura Dunn, Executive Director of SurvJustice, will be a keynote speaker at our 2015 Conference.  Ms. Dunn is a nationally recognized activist fighting to prevent campus sexual violence and improve campus response to survivors. Click here to learn more about Laura.
  • 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Johanna Costa

    Johanna Costa is the Director of Victim Services at the Washington County District Attorney’s Office in Hillsboro, Oregon, where she leads a team of 20 staff and volunteer advocates in supporting victims of all types of crime. NCVLI is pleased to present Johanna with the 2015 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2015 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to the sponsors of our inaugural Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to learn more and see photos from the event.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference is just three months away!  We have an exciting line-up of experts. Click here to read about two.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    This year’s Crime Victim Law Conference has sessions that touch on each element of justice so that attendees will leave with the knowledge needed to effectively advocate for victims. Click here to read about the sessions.
  • 2016 Legal Advocacy Awardee: Mariam El-menshawi

    Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2016 Voice for Justice Award

    The Voice for Justice Award recognizes individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to ensuring our justice system honors victims’ voices. Click here to learn about this year’s recipient.
  • 2016-17 Professional Development Scholarship Application

    Thanks to funding from individuals and businesses, NCVLI is pleased to be able to offer Crime Victim/Survivor scholarships to eligible individuals. Click here to learn more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest updates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    NCVLI is pleased to present the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Cyrus ‘Rus’ Rilee and Claudia J. Bayliff with the 2017 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2017 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thanks to our generous sponsors and community for supporting the event. Click here to read more and see photos.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest conference news.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honoree

    Announcing the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Honorees!
  • 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception

    On Tuesday, June 14, NCVLI hosted its 3rd Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Reception at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. More than 130 Crime Victim Law Conference attendees and friends of NCVLI from the community gathered to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the successes of the past 10 years of victims’ rights enforcement.
  • A Victim’s Right to Counsel During an Interview

    NCVLI releases position papers on cutting edge victims’ rights issues to help ensure vigorous assertion and enforcement of victims’ rights. We have recently released a Victim Law Position Paper detailing the right of victims to have retained counsel present during investigative interviews.  Click here to read the position paper.
  • Access In-Person & Online Trainings

    In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, NAVRA - NCVLI’s membership alliance - is proud to offer two trainings in October. Click here to learn more

  • Accused Rapist Cross-Examines Alleged Victim During Trial

    An accused rapist, appearing pro se, is allowed to cross-examine the rape victim for several hours in a Florida trial.
  • ACTION OHIO Coalition For Battered Women

    The Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence and stalking statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including shelter programs.
  • ADA.gov-Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

    USA
    The ADA Home Page provides access to ADA regulations and technical assistance materials in English and Spanish, including information about U.S. Department of Justice ADA settlement agreements and enforcement activities. ADA.gov centralizes key ADA information and links to Federal resources, including: Access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material; ADA Standards for Accessible Design; Updates on new ADA requirements.
  • Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst

    Advisory Council Profile: Jennifer Brobst
  • Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training

    Agenda for March 2, 2012 Training
  • Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault

    Air Force to assign counsel for victims of sex assault
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 2013-05, 2013 WL 1874790 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Apr. 2, 2013) (order).

    Defendant—real party in interest in the proceeding and a male Airman—was charged with raping a female Airman.  As part of a larger Air Force program to combat sexual assault, the Air Force JAG Corps had implemented a special victims’ counsel (SVC) program that requires the appointment of counsel for victims of sexual assault.  The victim was appointed SVC, who entered a formal appearance and asked the military judge to direct the parties to provide him with copies of motions filed under Military Rules of Evidence 412 (the military’s rape shield law), 513 (psychotherapist-patient privilege), and 514 (victim advocate-victim privilege).
  • Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    1-800-650-6522
    The Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence is an organization of advocates for victims of domestic violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to local resources and service providers for victims, such as shelter programs.





  • Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission

    (800) 541-9388 
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alaska Institute for Justice

    The Alaska Institute for Justice (formerly Alaska Immigration Justice Project) is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal assistance to immigrants and refugees in all immigration applications including citizenship, permanent resident status, work permits, asylum, family-based petitions and immigration petitions for immigrant victims of  domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. 

  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights

    Phone: 907-754-3460 
    Toll-free Nationwide: 844-754-3460
    The Office Of Victims’ Rights is an agency of the Alaska Legislature that provides free legal services to victims of crime to help them obtain the rights they are guaranteed under the Alaska constitution and statutes with regard to their contacts with police, prosecutors, judges, and other criminal justice agencies in this state, as well as to advance and protect those victim rights in court when necessary and authorized by law. 
  • Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network

    Phone: 907-789-1322
    Alaska Victim Legal Assistance Network
  • Alaska Violent Crimes Compensation Board

    907-465-3040
    800-764-3040
    This program provides financial assistance to victims of crime for expenses such as medical and counseling costs, loss of wages, loss of support, and funeral costs.
  • Alleged victim in nursing home assault not allowed to testify

    The victim in the Massachusetts case In re McDonough, discussed in last week’s digest regarding a disabled victim’s right to be heard, was not allowed to testify in court to seek to have the incompetency ruling against her overturned.
  • Alumna Profile: Angela Schultz ‘07

    Angela Schultz ‘07 is using her law career to to help the elderly and disabled navigate the complex system of benefits.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Nikki Robbins ‘03

    NCVLI catches up with alumna Nikki Robbins ’03.
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children

    USA
    The mission is to enhance the ability of professionals to respond to children and families affected by abuse and violence. It provides education and information to professionals engaged in all aspects of services for maltreated children and their families.
  • 12 Common Rights for Victims

    Tens of thousands of laws afford rights to victims.  Together these rights secure for victims the “4 P’s”:  privacy, protection, participation, and property recovery.
  • 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  The awards were presented at the 2011 Crime Victim Law Conference in June.
  • 2012 National Day of Remembrance

    September 25 is the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. On the National Day of Remembrance we as a nation, state, and community recognize the devastating impact of homicide on our families, friends and nation as a whole. We also recognize and respect the rights of the loved ones of murder victims and renew our commitment to fighting for these rights.
  • 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award Winners Announced

    Congratulations to the recipients of NCVLI’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Awards!  Each year, NCVLI accepts nominations from around the country for each of these three awards - the Legal Advocacy Award, Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award, and Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.  Recipients were honored at NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference. 
  • 2013 Legal Advocacy Award: Russell Butler

    Russell P. Butler, J.D., serves as Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. (MCVRC). Russell has litigated for victims in trial and appellate courts in Maryland, and beyond.  NCVLI is proud to present Russell with the 2013 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2013 Victims’ Rights Award Winners Announced

    NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.
  • 2013 Volunteer of the Year: Caroline Park

    Caroline Park came to NCVLI in September 2012 with a background in private sector marketing as well as public and non-profit administration related to environmental issues.  Caroline volunteers at NCVLI’s offices regularly as a “Jill of all trades.”  NCVLI is honored to present Caroline with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award for her service to NCVLI.
  • 2014 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2014 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2014 Conference June 20-21st.
  • 2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos

    2014 Crime Victim Law Conference Photos 
  • 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victims’ Services Award - Catherine Harper Lee

    Catherine Harper Lee, founder and executive director of The Justice League of Ohio, has spent the last 20 years pursuing her passion: restoring faith and balance in the criminal justice system. She provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime throughout Ohio to ensure their constitutional and statutory rights are enforced and protected. NCVLI is proud to present Cathy with the 2014 Gail-Burns Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.
  • 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year: Shelbi Day

    Shelbi Day has devoted her career to civil rights work and has had the privilege of working on several precedent setting cases on a diverse range of issues. This year Shelbi has assisted with legal research and helped educate NCVLI about ways to better serve the community.  NCVLI is proud to present Shelbi Day with the 2014 Pro Bono of the Year Award.
  • 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Courthouse Dogs Foundation

    The Courthouse Dogs Foundation is a non-profit staffed by a veterinarian, a retired senior deputy prosecuting attorney, and the lovely courthouse facility dog Molly B.  Together they promote justice with compassion and provide a sense of well-being and security to vulnerable victims and witnesses during stressful legal proceedings.  NCVLI is proud to honor Courthouse Dogs Foundation with the 2014 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2014 Writing Contest Spotlight: Alexandra Kinsella

    Alexandra Kinsella is a writing contest winner for NCVLI’s 2014 Conference. She just completed her second year at the University of Colorado School of Law.
  • 2015 Conference Closing Plenary

    The closing plenary of the 14th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, themed Victims. Rights. Now., features two campus sexual assault survivors turned advocates, Laura Dunn and Brenda Tracy, discussing their experiences and their advocacy to change the law. Click here to register.
  • 2015 Conference Livestreaming Now Available

    2015 Conference Livestreaming Online available at a newly discounted rate. Don’t miss our 2015 Conference May 28-29, 2015.
  • 2015 Legal Advocacy Award: Network for Victim Recovery of DC

    The Network for Victim Recovery of DC’s legal program started in 2012 with just one full time and one half time attorney and in three years has expanded to a total of seven attorneys who have served over 500 legal clients in cases ranging from identify theft and elder abuse to assault, sexual violence, and homicide.  NCVLI is proud to present NVRDC with the 2015 Legal Advocacy Award.
  • 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award: Carrie Hull

    Carrie Hull, a Detective with the Ashland Police Department and Director of the You Have Options Program, has facilitated a victim-centered and offender-focused approach to sexual violence at the Department that has resulted in a significant increase in both the number of reported sexual assaults and victim satisfaction with law enforcement. NCVLI is proud to present Carrie with the 2015 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Click here to read the latest 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference updates.
  • 2016 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    The 15th Crime Victim Law Conference is just over two months away!  We have an amazing program of experts from around the country lined up. Click here to read more.
  • 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award: Valenda Applegarth

    Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellent in Victim Services Award.
  • 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Nominations Due Soon

    The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards has been extended to April 1, 2016. Click to submit a nomination.
  • 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award - Dr. Jerry Yager

    Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is pleased to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Crime Victim Partnership Award.
  • 2016 Voices for Justice Reception

    Thank you to everyone who joined us last month for the Voices for Justice Reception. Click here to read more.
  • 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference Update

    Register now for early bird rates for the 2017 Crime Victim Law Conference.
  • 2017 Training Calendar

    Click here to view our training calendar.
  • 2017 Voice For Justice Honorees

    Join Us January 25, 2017 as we honor this year’s Voice For Justice Awardees. Click here to learn more.
  • 2018 Conference Update

    The 2018 Conference is SOLD OUT!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference updates including our extended Early Bird pricing!
  • 2018 Conference Update

    Check out the latest Conference news.
  • 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference

    Registration is open: 2019 Crime Victim Law Conference
  • A Response to Alan Dershowitz; Securing Victim Voice

    We have not yet fully closed the books on 2014 – dubbed “the year everyone started talking about sexual assault” – and we are starting 2015 with threats of ethics complaints and defamation suits that may end the conversation.  Click here to read NCVLI’s full response to prominent criminal defense attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz.
  • ABA Center on Children & the Law

    USA
    It aims to improve children’s lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. It accomplishes this through law reform, education and training, publications, social science research, and technical assistance.
  • Access to Justice: Making it Real

    During the trial of a man convicted of a number of crimes, including residential burglary, one of his victims, an individual with developmental disabilities, was afforded a facility dog, Ellie.  On appeal defendant argued that affording the victim the aid of a facility dog was so prejudicial as to amount to a violation of his constitutional right to a fair trial.   In April, along with the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that affording the victim the aid of the facility dog was a proper means of protecting the victim’s constitutional rights to access justice and to protection.  In September the court issued its decision - a victory for victims!  Click here to read a summary of the opinion.
  • Acting to Protect Privacy

    Throughout January NCVLI partnered with the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center(formerly Justice League of Ohio) as its legal team fought to protect a victim’s rights. Click here to read more.
  • Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

    Activist ‘ecstatic’ over new definition of ‘victim’

  • Advancing Public Policy for Survivors of Child Sexual Assault

    Legislatures nationwide are grappling with determining the proper statute of limitations (SOL) for child sexual abuse cases. NCVLI recently undertook a review of the state of the nation.   
  • Advocate Spotlight: Karla Salp

    Karla Salp is the Executive Director of the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates (WCCVA) and a strong partner to NCVLI in working to advance victims’ rights in Washington State.
  • Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse

    713-224-9911
    The mission of Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) is to provide direct services to families that are victimized by domestic violence by providing legal representation, education, and battering intervention programs. Houston area only.
  • Airman First Class (E-3) LRM v. Lieutenant Colonel Kastenberg, No. 13-5006 (C.A.A.F. July 18, 2013).

    NCVLI participated in these proceedings as amicus curiae in support of the victim’s petitions before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.  NCVLI argued that the respective courts must recognize the victim’s right to be heard personally and through counsel on factual and legal matters regarding the admissibility of her private information at Military Rules of Evidence 412 and 513 hearings because:  (1) military victims have independent standing to assert and to seek enforcement of their rights through counsel; (2) the military judge’s discretionary powers do not extend to excluding participants’ views from consideration once standing is established; and (3) discrete moments of victim participation do not result in a per se violation of a defendants’ fair trial rights, do not create a per se appearance of impartiality, and do not implicate defendants’ confrontation rights.
  • Alabama Attorney General Office of Victim Assistance

    (800) 626-7676
    AGOVA provides direct victim assistance as well as referrals to victims through its toll-free Hotline, 1-800-626-7676.  Services include information on crime victims’ rights, compensation, how to protest parole decisions and other concerns for victims after their offender is sentenced.
  • Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence

    Alabama Coalition Against Sexual Violence  is an organization of advocates for victims of sexual violence statewide.  Their website has referrals to resources and local service providers for victims, including rape crisis centers.
  • Alarms on sex assaults in military

    The Boston Globe reports on recent passage of a federal law that forces the military to adopt a better system for reporting and documenting sexual assaults, mandates that a single official have responsibility for making sure complaints are handled properly, and requires the Department of Defense to devise ways of offering legal counsel to all victims, whether or not they want to report an assault.
  • Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assualt (ANDVSA)

    ANDVSA is a non-profit, membership corporation made up of 22 programs statewide that provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotlines, food, clothing, transportation, legal assistance, counseling, community education, and more.
  • Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights Honored with 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

    The Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights received NCVLI’s 2011 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award for their work protecting victims’ rights.
  • Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Program

    Alaska’s Department of Law provides a Victim-Witness Assistance Program for victims whose cases are being prosecuted.  A coordinator can provide services such as help with employers and travel arrangements, advocacy and information about the criminal justice process, and work with police and other services to stop abuse and harassment.
  • Alison Wilkinson

    Violence Against Women Project Director
    Staff Attorney
  • Alleyne v. United States, 133 S. Ct. 2151 (2013).

    Defendant was convicted in federal district court of using or carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, which carries a 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.  During sentencing, defendant objected to the sentencing report that recommended a 7-year sentence, incorporating the longer minimum sentence mandated if the firearm was brandished during the crime.  Defendant argued that increasing the mandatory minimum to seven years would violate his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial because it was clear from the jury verdict that the jury did not make the finding of fact that he brandished the weapon and therefore any increase would be improperly based on the judge’s finding of fact.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Donna Maddux ‘02

    NCVLI staff recently interviewed Lewis & Clark alumna Donna Maddux ’02, Attorney in Charge of the Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Justice Division of the Oregon Department of Justice.
  • American Civil Liberties Union

    (212) 549-2500
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
  • Americans for Immigrant Justice: Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program

    305-573-1106
    AI Justice is a non-profit law firm that specializes in protecting and promoting immigrant rights in Florida and on a national level. Their Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking Program provides assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, violent crime, or human trafficking.

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