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Rights for Victims of Crime: A Seven Point Check List for Legislators

There are too many victims. Many still do not get the services and rights that different jurisdictions show are possible.

My book Rights for Victims of Crime highlights many best practices as well as the tools and resources that are needed to advance law enforcement, service agencies and the legal profession. The book includes a model law that provides a comprehensive draft text for legislators.

Here is a check list of seven core rights that legislators must respect, and use, to reform laws and programs so that there are fewer crime victims and the survivors get the respect, services and rights that are practically and financially possible in 2012 and beyond.

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Where are the political champions for crime victim rights? (post 24)

Political champions for victim rights at the International Criminal Court and the EU have set practical international standards to provide victims with protection, justice, truth and reparation.

Unfortunately, national political champions for victim rights do not often put their money where their mouth is. The USA provides some important exceptions. Further, leading victim advocates and my recent books provide the logic, practical examples and ways to innovate.

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