Why victims need a legal advocate

Victim Rights Center of Connecticut (VRCCT) is dedicated to serving the needs of victims of violent crime. We do this by combining our understanding of the effects of trauma on victims with our knowledge of the many ways the legal system can help to reduce the disruptions that violence can bring to the lives of survivors. VRCCT acts as independent legal counsel sworn to protect the legal rights and best interests of the victim through a broad-based approach grounded in litigation, creative problem-solving, and extensive knowledge of the judicial system.

School sexual abuse

If you are a victim of sexual assault on campus, VRCCT will guide and protect you during the college discipline process, which often is demeaning and traumatic for victims. The school may be more interested in avoiding publicity than in really helping you to obtain justice. We will work with you to present your report clearly, and advise you on the obligations the school has to keep you safe, support you academically, and punish the offender.

Helping your other advocates

Victim Advocates, counsellors, and medical professionals are dedicated and essential resources available to victims, but they do not have the legal training to protect your privacy rights in court or to deal with employers, landlords, creditors, and schools. VRCC will aggressively defend your rights in all parts of your life, in court and outside it. We will work with you to help you keep your job, keep safe, and put the details of daily life back together. We understand your special needs and questions.

Serving LGBTQ victims of violence

As a member of the LGBTQ community, you know that those identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered or Queer often face hostility or mis-understanding from those in authority. VRCCT's attorneys understand the dynamics of gay relationships, and will defend you from discrimination, public disclosure and harassment. We can act as intermediary with police and others to be sure you are treated with the fairness and respect you deserve.

Having your own lawyer is important

Public legal resources for victims are linked to the Criminal Justice process, and are available only to victims who have reported to police and who have had their cases accepted for prosecution. Prosecutors and court victim advocates care about the victims of crime, but they are unable to personally represent the victim and all the interests at stake in a court case. These government employees cannot address cyber-bullying. They cannot protect your right to keep medical, counselling, and school records out of court. They cannot keep the offender or his attorney from making details of your life public. VRCC will fight for you to limit invasions of your privacy.

Child abuse is real

If child abuse affects your family, VRCCT will advise and protect you and your children during investigations by police and DCF (Department of Children and Families), and in criminal court cases. Offenders who are not arrested often seek visitation or custody of children they have abused. We will advocate for the child in family court.