How we help

Crime victims are not just witnesses to the crime. They are real people who have endured a highly traumatic experience which can devastate every aspect of their lives. They often face those consequences alone. Non-profit Victim Rights Center of Connecticut can help protect their privacy & Constitutional rights if the offender is arrested. We also can help victims decide whether to report to the police, and go with them to do so. We help with housing, employment, education and benefits that are disrupted following the crime. It is important for victims to have a lawyer as soon as possible.

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault victims survive a highly traumatic intrusion that often disrupts every part of their lives: work, friendships, education, or housing. Many survivors are unwilling to report a sexual assault for fear of not being believed or being blamed for the crime. We understand these pressures, and can use the law to help deal with these multiple life crises.

Elder Abuse

The elderly are especially vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse. They often are isolated, reluctant to complain, or impaired physically or cognitively. We can help older victims to find safety, access services, and report abuse.

Child Abuse

Child sexual abuse is an epidemic in our country, but society is uncomfortable believing that children are abused. Adults, including police and DCF, too often do not believe children who report sexual abuse. We work to convince doubting adults to listen to children. We help them to deal with a frightening and complex system that is supposed to protect them.

Violence against LGBTs

Despite recent advances, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people face discrimination and ignorance which often adds to the trauma of physical or sexual abuse. Victim Rights Center understands the special issues faced by LGBTs, and can help to ensure that they are treated with equality and respect.

College Sexual Assault & Harassment

A federal law, Title IX, gives every student (in all schools, not just college) equal access to education. If a student is sexual assaulted or harassed at school, they have a right to be safe, to an investigation of the offender, and to have the school make changes to assure the student has every educational opportunity available.

Victims in Criminal Court

When a case goes to criminal court, victims have Constitutional rights to be treated with fairness and respect, to be safe, to restitution, and to address judges and prosecutors about the case. Court victim advocates can do only so much. They have no power to protect the victim's privacy, or to seek court action if a victim's rights are denied.