Massachusetts Law About Victims and Witnesses of Crimes
In the Aftermath of Crime: a Guide to Victim Rights and Services in Massachusetts, Mass. Office of Victim Assistance, 2012. This comprehensive (140-page) guide covers: Trauma and the Healing Process, Seeking Justice through the Criminal Justice System, Victims and the Prosecution Process, Post Disposition Services for Victims, Financial Remedies for Victims of Crimes, and information for advocates.
- MGL c.10, s.66 Victims of Drunk Driving Fund
- MGL c.12, s.11K Crime Victim Compensation Division
- MGL c.258B Rights of Victims and Witnesses of Crime
- MGL c.258C Victim Compensation.
- MGL c.263A Witness Protection
940 CMR 14 Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes
Commonwealth v. Gonsalves, 445 Mass. 1 (2005). Victim/Witness Statements. Most statements given to police investigating a crime may not be used at trial unless the witness can be cross-examined.
Mass. Attorney General, Victim and Witness Assistance. Informs victims of their rights and administers the victim compensation program.
Mass. Office of Victim Assistance. "MOVA staff offers crisis intervention and short term counseling, referrals to appropriate programs and service providers, and information and advocacy to help victims better understand the criminal justice system."
Victim Compensation, Mass. Attorney General. Describes victim compensation services, including who is eligible, what expenses are covered, and how to apply.
Crime Victim's Guide to Justice, Sphinx, 2008.
Special Witnesses at Criminal Trials, MCLE, 2009.