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The victim has the option of waiving any information or notification or other obligations specified under the offense.

The victim has the right to designate a spouse, adult child, parent, brother or grandparent to act on his behalf when the victim is physically incapable of personally assuming the rights established by law.

Victims of violence should provide the police or a trustworthy agency with their address and telephone number to be notied in case there is a criminal case against the released defendant and/or any court proceeding in which the defendant will be released.

The victim has the option to waive any information or notication or other obligations specied under the oense.

The victim has the right to designate a spouse, adult child, parent, sibling or
grandparent to act on his or her behalf when the victim is physically incapable of personally assuming the rights established by law.

As a victim, you have rights

What are your rights
as a victim of violence?

The right to be heard: Victims have the right to be reasonably heard in any public court proceeding involving the release, guilty plea, sentencing or any parole proceeding of the accused.
The right to protection: Victims have the right to be reasonably protected from the accused. The victim has the right not to be intimidated, harassed or abused.
The right to privacy: Victims have the right to have their information and confidentiality protected.
The right to be present: Victims have the right not to be excluded from any public judicial proceeding unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that the victim’s testimony would be materially altered if the victim were to hear other testimonies during the proceeding.
The right to restitution: Victims are entitled to have the court order the convicted person to pay money to the victims of the crime to compensate them for certain economic losses.
The right to notice: Victims have the right to be informed in a reasonable, accurate and timely manner of any public court proceeding or parole proceeding involving the crime or the defendant’s release or escape.

“This project was supported by Grant No. 2020-UW-AX-0017 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.”

Statistics

Many women are victims of violence but they don’t dare to report it. We will  hare some statistics that show the reality of those who experience violence.

  • 1 in every 3 Latinas has experienced domestic violence.
  • 50% of Latinas who have suffered abuse have never reported it.
  • 15.5 million of children across the United States live in homes where they  witness domestic violence.
  • 41% of Latinos believe that the main reason that Latinas are victimized is for fear of being deported.
  • Immigration statuses acts as a powerful form of control that forces  immigrant women to stay in abusive relationships.