Official: State Isn't Great At Enforcing Victims' Rights

State Victim Advocate Garvin Ambrose says that Connecticut is a national leader when it comes to having laws that grant crime victims specific legal rights. But he thinks Connecticut can do better.

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  • Peter S.

    Far too many children in this state are the victims of our state‘s terribly broken and corrupt "family" courts and the family court Guardian ad Litem system. As long as GALs in this state have a powerful financial incentive to personally profit from prolonging the suffering and misery of children - they will. It‘s well past time for the legislature and Judiciary to forcefully address this. Last week, England placed a halt to the use of all ‘court appointed experts‘ for this very reason and mandated that all cases involving children be completely resolved within 26 weeks by the courts - we need that here.

  • Jim Clark

    This only touches the surface of the needs of crime victims. Every day, a victim is treated without respect to his/her needs by well-meaning but untrained law enforcement personnel, DCF, Family court, and other institutions. Social service first-responders like rape crisis centers and counselling services available without cost are dreadfully under-funded. Only one non-profit, Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, Inc., provides legal support to victims of serious crime regardless of income. More public support for these non-profits should be part of the State commitment to crime victims.

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