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Highlight the Right: Victim Notification

The right, upon request, to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of all proceedings involving the criminal offense

The right, upon request, to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any release, transfer, or escape of the accused or convicted



Highlight the Right: Privacy

The right to privacy, including the right to refuse a deposition or discovery request



Highlight the Right: Victim Participation

The right to be informed of your rights

The right to reasonably confer with the government attorney

The right to be present at trial and proceedings

The right to be heard at any proceeding involving the disposition of the defendant or a right of the victim



Marsy’s Law Could Provide Better Victim Privacy

Marsy’s Law Could Provide Better Victim Privacy

In Iowa, the law grants prosecutors the right to request that a minor provide deposition testimony outside the presence of the defendant per Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.13(2)(b) and Iowa Code § 915.38(1)(a). The problem is that, for the Court to grant this request, prosecutors must prove to the Court that the minor would suffer trauma and suffer from an impaired ability to communicate if forced to testify in the physical presence of the defendant. This opens the door to defense attorneys seeking and obtaining the victim’s counseling records.



Making Your Voice Heard...Digitally

Legislators care about their constituents (YOU) and the issues you care about! When a legislator hears about an issue from their constituents, it sends a message that this issue is important.




Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This is a time that is recognized across the country to rally around DV survivors, highlight their struggles, speak out against the incredible damage this crime has on our society, families, survivors, and children.  


The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that every 9 seconds a woman in the U.S. is beaten or assaulted by a current or ex-significant other. Men are not immune to domestic violence. In fact, 1 in 4 men are victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.