On July 23, 1992,
Governor Michael N. Castle, signed the Victims Bill of Rights
into law. This law mandates that victims are informed about
the criminal process and extends notification and
participation rights to them. The statute was amended by the
137th General Assembly and Governor Thomas R. Carper signed
and made law, new requirements to the Victims Bill of Rights
on July 16, 1993.
THE LAW PROVIDES THAT YOU
SHOULD BE NOTIFIED OF THE FOLLOWING:
Court events, possible plea
agreements, outcome of the case, projected prison release dates
and any sentence modification.
VICTIM SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Most crime victims suffer from
distress and/or confusion after victimization and experience
difficulty dealing with the criminal justice system. These programs
provide a wide range of services to help you during this time.
To help crime victims, these programs
usually provide victim advocacy, crisis intervention, information
about the case, referrals to social/community resources, assistance
in filing Victims Compensation Assistance Program forms, help with
understanding the criminal justice system, and court accompaniment
Delaware has a Victim's Bill of
Rights which entitles you to be notified of and participate in all
major phases of the criminal case process. You will be notified of
the progress of the case in which you are the victim. This booklet
will help you better understand what is happening in court by
telling you the meaning of court terms you may not know. It also
gives you other information you may find helpful.
Delaware has established a Victims
Compensation Assistance Program to assist innocent victims of
violent crime who suffer personal injury (bodily harm or extreme
mental suffering). The Board does not compensate victims for stolen
or damaged property. You may be eligible for financial assistance.
If you would like an application or for more information, contact
the Victims Compensation Assistance Program at 255-1770.
If you have had property stolen and
the police recover it, the police will keep the property as evidence
until after the trial.