OCVJC - RISE Clinic
The Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center (OCVJC) provides no cost legal assistance to victims of crime to protect and enforce their rights from the time of first report through post release control in state and federal court. In addition OCVJC provides victims’ rights training to nurses, advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, counselors, and community organizations, and resource referrals throughout Ohio. Under the RISE Project, OCVJC, with project partner Legal Aid of Western Ohio, will substantially increase the number of attorneys providing no cost victims’ rights enforcement services to victims of crime in Ohio, with a focus on the underserved 32 county western region of the state.
|Mission / Vision||To increase the number of attorneys providing competent victims’ rights enforcement representation, thereby increasing the number of victims served in the underserved western portion of the state.|
|Jurisdiction serving (geographic and courts):||All state and federal courts in Ohio, with a focus on the underserved 32 county western region of the state.|
|Victim population serving:||All Ohio state and federal crime victims.|
|Project Partners:||Legal Aid of Western Ohio|
|Intake Gateway(s) & Process(es) for a Victim:||Crime victims may contact Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center (OCVJC) at 614-848-8500, or toll-free at 866-665-3330, to talk with an advocate about OCVJC’s services. If a crime victim would like to request legal assistance from OCVJC, they are asked to submit a Request for Assistance through the OCVJC website at https://www.ocvjc.org/request-for-assistance, which allows OCVJC to reduce the re-victimization inherent in forcing a crime victim to relay their story multiple times, while also allowing OCVJC to collect the necessary information to ensure that representation is possible. For victims without internet access, a request for assistance form can be mailed.|
This project is supported in part by Grants No. 2017-VF-GX-K130 and 2018-V3-GX-K018, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Project are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.