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Kansas Crime Victims Bill of Rights (K.S.A. 74-7333)

  1. Victims should be treated with courtesy, compassion and with respect for their dignity and privacy and should suffer the minimum of necessary inconvenience from their involvement with the criminal justice system.

  2. Victims should receive, through formal and informal procedures, prompt and fair redress for the harm which they suffered.

  3. Information regarding the availability of criminal restitution, recovery of damages in a civil cause of action, the crime victims compensation fund and other remedies and the mechanisms to obtain such remedies should be made available to victims.

  4. Information should be made available to victims about their participation in criminal proceedings and the scheduling, progress and ultimate disposition of proceedings.

  5. The views and concerns of victims should be ascertained and the appropriate assistance provided throughout the criminal process.

  6. When the personal interests of victims are affected, the views or concerns of the victim should, when appropriate and consistent with criminal law and procedure, be brought to the attention of the court.

  7. Measures may be taken when necessary to provide for the safety of victims and their families and to protect them from intimidation and retaliation.

  8. Enhanced training should be made available to sensitize criminal justice personnel to the needs and concerns of victims and guidelines should be developed for this purpose.

  9. Victims should be informed of the availability of health and social services and other relevant assistance that they might continue to receive the necessary medical, psychological and social assistance through existing programs and services.

  10. Victims should report the crime and cooperate with law enforcement authorities.
 
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Welcome to KOVA

Who We Are

Established on April 20, 1995, the Kansas Organization for Victim Assistance (KOVA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote fair treatment for victims of crime.

What We Do

The specific purposes of KOVA are:

To create a community of concerned citizens, agencies and organizations which shall work to:

  • Assist in the exchange of information and ideas relevant to victims of crime
  • Further victim advocacy through a commitment to addressing the needs of crime victims and providing support to victim service providers
  • Encourage the sharing and utilization of resources
  • Identify and address other issues of concern to crime victims

To encourage and support the development and continuation of victim services throughout the state.

To extend help to other community based victim support groups and improve the efficiency of KOVA members, family law enforcement personnel, other members of the criminal justice system, and the interested public in responding to the needs of victims of crime.

To develop and present educational materials and events for public and professional information.

To provide a mechanism for cooperation and concerted action on policies and programs which affect victims of crime and KOVA members.

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