The right to full and timely restitution paid to the victim first and in full before any government fees or costs
We recently presented our “Guardian of Victims’ Rights” award to Pastor Deb Rensink, CEO and founder of Whispers of Love, Hope, & Joy located in Sioux Center, Iowa.
We have been working with Pastor Deb and her team at Whispers of Love, Hope, & Joy to strengthen the rights for all victims in Iowa. They have a wonderful organization that has a dedicated team who is working to make a positive impact and bringing healing for Iowa victims. Any time we need help and reach out to Pastor Deb, she is quick to respond and always keeps what is in the best interest of victims in mind.
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
The right to privacy, including the right to refuse a deposition or discovery request
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
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.
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.
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.
We know many law enforcement members across our state have dedicated their careers to serving Iowa’s communities and victims of crime. As they protect small towns, rural communities, entire counties, large cities and everything in between, it’s not uncommon that they get to know those who become victims of crime on a personal level. Our organization understands that oftentimes members of the law enforcement community do more than simply investigate crimes; they are there for the victims and families, and even end up being their voice when they are
not in a position to be heard.