Maryland Attorney General's Office has two primary sources
of assistance for crime victims:
of Victim Services
The State Constitutional Amendment for Crime Victims Rights and implementing
laws entitle crime victims to various rights and services including the right
to participate in the criminal justice process. In Maryland, the criminal appeals
process requires that crime victims be informed of events related to their
cases. The Director of Victim Services notifies crime victims and victims'
family members of court events (appellate arguments, dispositions) related
to their case or conviction on appeal. The Director coordinates this information
with victim assistance offices in the State's Attorneys' Offices and Divisions
of Correction and Parole and Probation. The Director is the Attorney General's
representative on the State Board of Victim Services. The Director also answers
inquiries from victims and other citizens about victim-related issues, laws,
and the criminal justice process.
Barbara Bond, Director of Victim Services: (410) 576-6405 or (888)
General's main switchboard (toll-free)
Investigations Division Victim Services Coordinator
The Coordinator responds to victim inquiries related to Criminal Investigations
Division cases. The Coordinator sends material to victims and witnesses, advises
them as to the status of the case, and generally assists in travel arrangements
for interviews and the trial, in addition to any special needs that may arise.
The Coordinator may refer calls to other State and federal agencies to handle
specific complaints. (410) 576-6380 or (888) 743-0023 Attorney
General's main switchboard (toll-free)
Sources of Victim Services
January 27, 2006, Governor Robert Ehrlich signed Executive
Order 01.01.2006.01, transfering the Family
Violence Council from the Attorney General's Office to the Governor's Council
on Family Violence Prevention within the Governor's Office
of Crime Control and Prevention.
State's Attorney's office for each county in Maryland (and
Baltimore City) has a victim/witness assistance coordinator
who can answer your questions and help you through the court
process. The coordinator can also help you if you need information
about your case, assistance in applying for criminal injury
compensation or referrals to community victim service programs.
Locate the State's Attorney for your jurisdiction at the Maryland
State's Attorneys' Association Web site, www.mdsaa.org 410-203-9881
Services in Maryland" web page of the Maryland
Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services lists
the Department's services, which includes the
provision of information regarding the incarceration status
of offenders, the whereabouts of released offenders, help in
navigating the criminal justice process, and financial compensation
to the victims of crime. The site also lists the services of
many other public and private providers of victim assistance.
Victim Services Directory on the Maryland
Community Services Locator (www.mdcsl.org).
Criminal Injuries Compensation Board provides financial assistance for innocent victims of crime.
The Board may compensate victims who suffer physical injury
for their medical expenses and loss of earnings. In cases of
homicide, the Board may assist with funeral expenses and loss
of support on the part of the victim's dependents. 410-585-3010 or 1-888-679-9347 toll-free.
Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, Inc. offers advice and referral services, and a Crime Victim Legal
Advocacy Program. 1-877-VICTIM-1 (1-877-842-8461)
State Board of Victim Services publishes several
victims rights brochures, including "Crime Victims and
Witnesses: Your Rights and Services." Maryland State
Board of Victim Services, Governor's
Office of Crime Control and Prevention, 300 East Joppa
Road, Suite 1100, Baltimore, MD 21286; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
410-821-2828; toll-free 1-877-687-9004.
State Victim Services Coordinator and State
Victims' Rights Compliance Coordinator work under the auspices of the Governor's
Office of Crime Control and Prevention.