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Criminal Justice Guide

The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) has a publication available titled: “A Criminal Justice Guide: Legal Remedies for Adult Victims of Sexual Violence.”Their library also includes a number of documents on specific topics, such as crime victim rights, courtroom procedures, evidentiary issues, the confrontation clause, restitution, and others.

Civil Legal Issues

The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) has a publication available entitled, Rights and Remedies:Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Sexual Violence Survivors.”Their library also includes a number of documents on specific topics, such as privacy rights, discovery requests, and others.

The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault publishes a guidebook for victims on civil lawsuits.

Crime Victim Rights

Detailed information on crime victim rights in each state as well as federal jurisdictions is provided by the National Crime Victim Rights Law Institute (NCVLI).

Protective Orders

The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence provides a summary of protective orders available in each state.

Rape and Sexual Assault Laws

Rape and Sexual Assault Analyses and Laws from AEquitas offers a comprehensive review of the rape and sexual assault laws in all 50 states, U.S. Territories, U.S. Military, and federal jurisdictions (as of July, 2012).AEquitas also offers a legal compilation of the statute of limitations for sexual assault offenses.

Rape Shield Laws

For a summary of rape shield statutes in each state, please see the chart compiled by the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the National District Attorneys’ Association. A legal compilation of rape shield statutes has also been prepared by AEquitas:The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women.

The National Crime Victim Law Institute has also published an article specifically addressing the exclusion of evidence of sexual history between the victim and defendant.

Expert Testimony

AEquitas:The Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women has prepared a legal compilation on the use of expert testimony on victim behavior.

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