• Victims may be present at all court proceedings and/or may have a representative appear on their behalf.
• A victim may submit an impact statement to the court.
• An employer cannot fire or discipline an employee who participates in criminal proceedings at the prosecutor’s request.
• A victim may request a secure waiting area during court proceedings.
• Upon conviction of the defendant, the victim is entitled to know where he/she is confined, information about their release, furlough, or if they escape, and has the opportunity to testify or submit a written statement to the parole board.
• A victim is entitled to know about any appeals filed.
• A victim may designate a person to serve as moral support during court proceedings and may appear with them in court.
These protections are in addition to those protections found elsewhere in state and federal law. If you feel you are in danger of being victimized again, you should contact your local prosecutor’s victim coordinator to begin the process of fi ling for an order of protection or you can download the form to file for an order of protection at LaurasCard.ar.gov. The Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Program, administered by the Office of the Attorney General on behalf of the Crime Victims Reparations Board, provides financial compensation to victims who have suffered personal injury or death as the result of a violent crime. For details and to obtain an application, visit LaurasCard.ar.gov. Submit the application and contact for questions: Crime Victims Reparations Board Arkansas Attorney General 323 Center Street, Suite 200 Little Rock, AR 72201 (501) 682-1020 or (800) 448-3014.
Rights and Responsibilities of Victims of Crimes
Toll Free (800) 643 -5748
Local (501) 450 -3138
For a complete list of Victim’s Rights visit: http://acic.org/citizens/Pages/victimsInfo.aspx#victimRights
If you do not have access to the internet, a copy may be requested through your local law enforcement agency or prosecutor’s office.
You MUST request these rights
- You have a right to Privacy while in all medical facilities and while seeking medical attention.
- You have a right to petition the court for an Order of Protection (http://www.arlegalservices.org/orderofprotection).
- You have a right to request the court keep your physical address and personal telephone number confidential.
- You have a right to your own attorney during all court proceedings.
- You have a right to a notice of all court proceedings.
- You have a right to contact the Prosecutor’s Victims Witness Coordinator.
- You have a right to be present at all hearings where the defendant is present.
- You have a right to responsible protection before, during, and after all court proceedings.
- If available, you have the right to be provided a separate waiting area before, during, and after all court proceedings.
- In criminal proceedings, you have a right to request restitution be sought through the prosecutor’s office.
- You have a right to provide a Victim Impact Statement at the sentencing hearing (acic.org).
- You have the right to be notified on the status of the alleged or convicted offender (vinelink.com).
- You have a right to be provided with an interpreter during all court proceedings.
- If the victim is a minor, incapacitated or deceased, a member of the victim’s family may exercise these rights.
You are not alone. If you are being abused, help is near.
As a Victim, you may experience the following:
- Shock, disbelief, numbness
- Change of appetite
- Change in sleep patterns
- Guilt, shame and/or self-blame
- Reliving traumatic event (unwanted memories of event)
- Difficulty concentrating
Plan for Safety
- Develop a code that will alert a neighbor/friend to call the police
- Have a bag packed with a change of clothes, important papers, spare keys, cell phone and cash
- In an emergency, dial 9-1-1
- Visiting (ACIC) for a complete list of rights
- Keeping a complete and accurate accounting of all expenses related to the crime
- Providing law enforcement with up to date contact information
- Victim’s rights are not automatically
Crime Victims Reparations Board Help for Crime Victims:
An innocent victim of a violent crime (including DWI) may qualify for financial help from the Crime Victims Reparations Board. This money may help pay for medical expenses, or other costs related to personal injuries that were caused by a violent crime.
You May Qualify for Assistance if:
- The crime was reported to law enforcement within 72 hours
- An application for assistance is received within one year of the date of the crime
- The victim cooperates with the investigation
- The victim did not contribute to the crime
For more information contact your victim witness coordinator or the Office of the Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Tower Building 323 Center Street Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-1020 or (800) 448-3014
24 Hour Crisis Line
Hotline Centers for Healing Hearts & Spirits (855) 6-HELP-4_U (855) 643-5748
Domestic Violence (800) 269-4668
Child Abuse (800) 482-5964
Adult Abuse (501) 482-8049
Rape Crisis Program (855) 643-5748
Human Trafficking (888) 373-7888
Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence Women’s Shelter of Arkansas (501) 730-9864
Local Victim Services and Social Services
UCA Student Health (501) 450-3136
UCA Counseling Center (501) 450-3138
Victim Services (501) 450-4928
Arkansas Administrative Office of the Courts Domestic Violence Program
Court Connect helps keeps victims informed of court proceedings and other pertinent information
Adult Abuse and Neglect 800-482-8049
Area Agency on Aging 800-482-6359
Arkansas Workforce Center 501-354-9793
Arkansas State Police 501-618-8000
Child Abuse Hotline 800-482-5964
Child Support Enforcement 510-329-1721
Conway District Court 501-450-6112
Conway Regional Medical Center 501-450-2178
Counseling Associates 501-336-8300
Dept. of Community Correction 501-327-3256
Dept. of Human Services 501-730-9900
Legal Aid 501-376.3423
Public Defender’s Office 501-450-4975
Red Cross 501-329-3571
Sexual Assault Crisis Response 866-358-2265
Social Security Administration 800-772-1213
VINE Program 800-510-0415
Circuit Clerk 501-450-4911
County Clerk 501-450-4910
Health Dept. 501-450-4941
Prosecuting Attorney 501-450-4928
Hot Check Office 501-329-8730
Victim Services 501-450-3051
Sheriff’s Office 501-450-4914
FCSO Unit 2 501-328-4160