Victims’ Rights

All victims of crime – including victims and survivors of sexual violence – are entitled to the following rights:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect.
  • To be assisted by criminal justice agencies.
  • To be free from intimidation.
  • To be informed about the criminal justice system.
  • Whenever practicable, to be notified of plea agreements, and the right to comment on them.
  • Whenever practicable, to be notified of all judicial proceedings, including time and place of trial.
  • To have input at sentencing.
  • To request restitution.
  • To request compensation from the Victim Compensation Board for unreimbursed medical and medically-related expenses for victims of violent crime.
  • To be notified of an offender’s release from institutional confinement in all felony cases.
  • To be provided with a pamphlet containing certain statutes which pertain to victims’ rights.

Maine’s sexual assault support advocates are a resource for you or anyone you know who has experienced sexual violence. They are available 24/7 with information to help you access these rights. Even if you don’t think you are the victim of a crime, you can contact an advocate for support, help, and to ask questions. For any questions you may have, call the free, confidential sexual assault crisis and support line at 1-800-871-7741 or TTY 1-888-458-5599. Maine Department of Corrections Victims’ Services also has a toll-free hotline: 1-800-968-6909.