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Massachusetts Law About Victims and Witnesses of Crimes

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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.

Massachusetts Laws

Massachusetts Regulations

940 CMR 14 Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes

Selected Case Law

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.

State Agencies

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."

Other Web Sources

Representing Victims of Human Trafficking in Massachusetts. A Guide for Attorneys, Dara Goodman, Stephanie Neely, and Michaela Sewall, WilmerHale. 2013.

Victim Compensation, Mass. Attorney General. Describes victim compensation services, including who is eligible, what expenses are covered, and how to apply.

Print Sources

Crime Victim's Guide to Justice, Sphinx, 2008.

Special Witnesses at Criminal Trials, MCLE, 2009.