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Victim Rights

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The University of Connecticut Police Department is an advocate for the rights of victims and witnesses.  Our goal is to assist people who are victimized by violent crimes in a professional, compassionate, and helpful manner.  The Police Department would like to take this opportunity to express the importance of your role within the criminal justice system. We believe and foster the approach that victims and witnesses’ well-being is vital and they are deserving of all the professional assistance we can provide to aid their concern in the criminal justice system.

The Community Services Division works closely with the UConn Women’s Center,  Office of Community Standards and other University resources to assist victims and witness with the experience within the criminal justice system as convenient and understandable as possible since it is only through your cooperation that we can bring criminals to justice. We hope that all citizens will support this first step to help those who have been hurt by criminal activity.

This web page outlines the services offered by the University and the State of Connecticut. Your cooperation and willingness to assist the UConn Police Department is sincerely appreciated.

Victims of crime have certain rights defined by Connecticut and federal laws. Among these rights are notification, attendance at court proceedings, compensation/restitution, and access to information. 

Constitution of the State of Connecticut

Article XXIX – Rights of Victims of Crime

In all criminal prosecutions, a victim, as the general assembly may define by law, shall have the following rights:

  1. The right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process;
  2. The right to timely disposition of the case following arrest of the accused, provided no right of the accused is abridged;
  3. The right to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process;
  4. The right to notification of court proceedings;
  5. The right to attend the trial and all other court proceedings the accused has the right to attend, unless such person is to testify and the court determines that such person’s testimony would be materially affected if such person hears other testimony;
  6. The right to communicate with the prosecution;
  7. The right to object to or support any plea agreement entered into by the accused and the prosecution and to make a statement to the court prior to the acceptance by the court of the plea of guilty or nolo contendere by the accused;
  8. The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing;
  9. The right to restitution which shall be enforceable in the same manner as any other cause of action or as otherwise provided by law; and
  10. The right to information about the arrest, conviction, sentence, imprisonment and release of the accused.

Crime Victims’ Rights

Immediately following a crime, victims have rights, including the right to: 

  1. Emergency medical care.
  2. Information on services and agencies that help victims.
  3. Apply to OVS for crime-related financial assistance related to personal injury expenses (OVS 1-888-286-7347).
  4. Be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice system process.
  5. Be notified about arrest and court proceedings. Arraignment may occur the day after arrest. Contact the clerk of court to check on status, court date, and location.
  6. Reasonable protection from the accused.
  7. Timely disposition of the case after arrest of the accused.
  8. Return of property taken for the investigating of the crime.

University Services





Office Community Standards   

Wilbur Cross, Room 301
233 Glenbrook Rd, Unit 4119
Storrs, CT, 06269

860-486-8402 (Phone)
860-486-8409 (Fax)

Department of Residential Life

Wilbur Cross, 2nd Floor Room 202
233 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4022
Storrs, CT 06269

Phone: 860-486-2926
Fax: 860-486-6191

Student Health Services

234 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2011
Storrs, CT 06269-2011

Phone: 860-486-4700
Fax: 860-486-5300

Counseling and Mental Health Services

234 Glenbrook Road, Unit 2011
Storrs, CT, 06269-2011

Phone: 860-486-4705
Fax: 860-486-9159

Women's Center

4th floor Student Union
2110 Hillside Road, Unit 3118
Storrs, CT 06269-3118

Tel: (860) 486-4738
Fax: (860) 486-1104

Division of Diversity and Equity

241 Glenbrook Road
Wood Hall - Unit-2175
Storrs, CT 06269

Phone: (860) 486-2943
Fax: (860) 486-2437   





Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern Connecticut

Willimantic Office
90 South Park Street
Willimantic, CT
Office: 860-456-3595 and 860-423-7673
Hotline: 860-456-2789

New London Office
165 State Street Suite 405
New London, CT 06320
Office: 860-442-0604
Hotline: 860-437-7766

Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc.

96 Pitkin Street
East Hartford, CT  06108                                                         

Statewide 24 Hour Toll Free Hotline
1-888-999-5545 English
1-888-568-8332 Español
Local:  860-282-9881
860-291-9335 (fax)


Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Inc.
Rape Crisis Services

753 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Office: 203-334-6154
Hotline: 203-333-2233


Women's Center of Greater Danbury Sexual Assault Crisis Services

2 West Street
Danbury, CT 06810

Office: 203-731-5200
Hotline: 203-731-5204



Women and Families Center

Meriden office
169 Colony Street     
Meriden, CT  06451       
Office: 203-235-9297   

Middletown office
100 Riverview Center Suite 274
Middletown, CT  06457
Office: 860-344-1474

Women and Families Center

New Haven Office
1440 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT  06515

Office: 203-389-5010
Hotline: 203-389-9700

Rape Crisis Center of Milford

70 West River Street
Milford, CT 06460

Office: 203-874-8712
Hotline: 203-878-1212

YWCA of New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Services

New Britain Office
22 Glen Street, New Britain, CT
Office: 860-2254681
Hotline: 860-2231787

Hartford Office
60 Gillet Street, Suite 401
Hartford, CT  06105
Office: 860-241-9217
Hotline: 860-547-1022

The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education

700 Canal Street Suite 22B
Stamford, CT 06902

Office: 203-348-9346
Hotline: 203-329-2929


Susan B. Anthony Project

179 Water Street
Torrington, CT 06790

Office: 860-489-3798
Hotline: 860-482-7133


Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury

29 Central Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06721

Office: 203-753-3613
Hotline: 203-753-3613

Domestic Violence (CCADV)

Statewide Toll Free (24 hr.) 1-888-774-2900
Contact for Advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, and other services

Town Of Mansfield Department Of Social Services

The Department of Human Services offers a wide array of services to address the social and behavioral health needs of children, youth, adults, seniors, and families, as well as the community at large. These services include:

  • Counseling and Therapy: Professional staff provide assistance to individuals and families through a process of brief, solution-focused counseling
  • Crisis intervention, including critical incident debriefing services
  • Problem assessment and referral to outside resources, including public and private agencies

Human Services 860-429-3315 Audrey P Beck Municipal Building 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT 06268
Youth Service Bureau 860-429-3315 Audrey P. Beck Municipal Building 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield, CT 06268
Senior Services   860-429-0262 Mansfield Senior & Wellness Center 303 Maple Road, Storrs, CT 06268

Office of Victim Services

The Office of Victim Services (OVS), Connecticut Judicial Branch, is the state's lead agency established to provide services to victims of violent crime.

OVSis located at 225 Spring St., Fourth Floor, Wethersfield, Connecticut and can be reached via e-mail at or by calling:

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Telecommunications Relay Service

TDD/TT Users:  Call 711 or 1-800-842-9710

Voice Callers:  Call 711 or 1-800-833-8134

Connecticut Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN)

The SAVIN program offers crime victims and interested individuals the opportunity to register for notification about certain court events.
To register by telephone call 1-877-VINE-4CT
To register online
To speak with a OVS victim advocate call 1-800-822-8428

For additional Information on Victim Services go to:

INFO-Line (24 hour service) 211
Elder Abuse (M-F 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 1-888-385-4225
Child Abuse Care Line (24 hr.) 1-800-842-2288
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) (24hr) 1-800-544-3690
Survivors of Homicide (24 hr.) 860-257-7388
Office of the Victim Advocate (M-F 7:30-4:30) 1-888-771-3126 (Victim Rights Assistance)
State of Connecticut Office of Victims Services
Office of Victim Services (OVS)
The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc. (CCADV)
Connecticut: Domestic Violence Resources
Connecticut Judicial Branch Domestic Violence