Helping Crime Victims
Statewide Victim Assistance (SVA) Program
Through three main initiatives, the Statewide Victim Assistance Program provides assistance to victims, witnesses, and service providers across Illinois.
File a Crime Victims Rights Violation Complaint
Beginning January 1, 2023, the Office of the Illinois Attorney General will receive complaints, investigate allegations, and make recommendations to address crime victim’s rights violations, as described in Article I, Section 8.1 of the Illinois Constitution and the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act (725 ILCS 120).
The Attorney General will create and administer a course of training for employees and offices of the State of Illinois that fail to comply with provisions of Illinois law pertaining to the treatment of crime victims as described in the Illinois Constitution and the Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses Act. This office will also have the authority to make recommendations to employees and offices of the State of Illinois to respond more effectively to the needs of crime victims, including regarding the violation of the rights of a crime victim.
Complaints regarding victim rights violations as defined in the Act may be submitted by crime victims, parent/ guardians, victim’s representatives or advocates, the prosecutor, defense attorney, judge, victim’s rights attorney, or assigned victim witness staff in the criminal case at issue. The complaint form can be submitted online or by mail.Crime Victims Rights Complaint Form
Direct Victim Assistance
The Office of the Attorney General provides services to crime victims and witnesses who are involved in cases that are being prosecuted by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Program services are available to crime victims and witnesses, assistant attorneys general, and any of the 102 state’s attorneys across Illinois who have requested OAG assistance with their criminal cases.
Outreach and Education Activities
Our Statewide Victim/Witness Coordinators offer virtual or in-person trainings on Crime Victim’s Rights and Enforcement to service providers and criminal justice professionals. This training details the rights of crime victims and the legal responsibilities of prosecutors, the courts, and the victim. In addition, we offer a training for new victim/witness coordinators to assist them in acclimating to their role within the criminal justice system. We attend community outreach events to help promote crime victim’s rights awareness and foster community relations.
For more information or to schedule a training, please contact our statewide victim/witness coordinators, Leslie Ramos: Leslie.Ramos@ilag.gov or Theresa Miller: Theresa.email@example.com.