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The Child Custody Book: How to Protect Your Children and Win Your Case
The Child Custody Book: How to Protect Your Children and Win Your Case


Why Does He Do That
Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men


How to Stop a Stalker
How to Stop a Stalker


Rightfully Yours: How to Get Past-Due Child Support and Alimony
Rightfully Yours: How to Get Past-Due Child Support, Alimony, and Your Ex's Pension


The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond
The Verbally Abusive
Relationship: How to
Recognize it and How
to Respond


Ditch That Jerk : Dealing With Men Who Control and Hurt Women
Ditch That Jerk : Dealing With Men Who Control and Hurt Women


The Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence
The Battered Wife: How Christians Confront Family Violence


The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse
The Wounded Heart: Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse


Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal With People Who Try to Control You
Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal With People Who Try to Control You



Iowa Resources

- Iowa Victim Rights
- Iowa Victim Impact Statements
- Iowa Restitution to Victims
- Iowa Crime Victim Compensation

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Iowa Crime Victim Rights
Iowa Code Chapter 915: Victims Rights Statute

REGISTRATION, NOTIFICATION, AND RIGHTS IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

915.10     Definitions.
915.11     Initial notification by law enforcement.
915.12     Registration.
915.13     Notification by county attorney.
915.14     Notification by clerk of the district court.
915.15     Notification by department of justice.
915.16     Notification by local correctional institutions.
915.17     Notification by department of corrections.
915.18     Notification by board of parole.
915.19     Notification by the Governor.
915.20     Presence of victim counselors.
915.20A     Victim counselor privilege.
915.21     Victim impact statement.
915.22     Civil injunction to restrain harassment or intimidation of victims or witnesses.
915.23     Employment discrimination against witnesses prohibited.

VICTIMS OF JUVENILES 


915.24     Notification of victim of juvenile by juvenile court officer.
915.25     Right to review complaint against juvenile.
915.26     Victim impact statement by victim of juvenile.
915.27     Sexual assault by juvenile.
915.28     Restitution for delinquent acts of juvenile.
915.29     Notification of victim of juvenile by department of human services.
915.30     through 915.34  Reserved. 

PROTECTIONS FOR CHILDREN AND OTHER SPECIAL VICTIMS


915.35     Child victim services.
915.36     Protection of child victim's privacy.
915.37     Guardian ad litem for prosecuting child witnesses.
915.38     Televised, videotaped, and recorded evidence--limited court testimony--minors and others.
915.39

VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT 


915.40     Definitions.
915.41     Medical examination costs.
915.42     Right to HIV-testing of convicted or alleged assailant.
915.43     Testing, reporting, and counseling--penalties.
915.44     Polygraph examinations of victims or witnesses--limitations.
915.45     Notice to victims of discharge of persons committed.
915.46     through 915.49

VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE 


915.50     General rights of domestic abuse victims.
915.51     through 915.79  Reserved. 

VICTIM COMPENSATION 


915.80     Definitions.
915.81     Award of compensation.
915.82     Crime victim assistance board.
915.83     Duties of department.
915.84     Application for compensation.
915.85     Compensation payable.
915.86     Computation of compensation.
915.87     Reductions and disqualifications.
915.88     Compensation when money insufficient.
915.89     Erroneous or fraudulent payment--penalty.
915.90     Release of information.
915.91     Emergency payment compensation.
915.92     Right of action against perpetrator--subrogation.
915.93     Rulemaking.
915.94     Victim compensation fund.
915.95     through 915.99  Reserved. 

VICTIM RESTITUTION 


915.100    Victim restitution rights. 

Iowa Victim Impact Statements
Victim Impact Statement (915.21) A victim may present a victim impact statement to the court using one or more of the following methods: A victim may file a signed victim impact statement with the county attorney. This filed impact statement shall be included in the preseentence investigation report. If a presentence investigation report is not ordered by the court, a filed victim impact statement shall be provided to the court prior to sentencing.

A victim may orally present a victim impact statement at the sentencing hearing, in the presence of the defendant, and at any hearing regarding reconsideration of sentence.

If the victim is unable to make an oral or written statement because of age, or mental, emotional, or physical incapacity, the attorney or a designated representative of the victim shall have the opportunity to make a statement on behalf of the victim.

A victim impact statement shall include the identification of the victim of the offense, and may include the following:

Itemization of any economic loss suffered by the victim as a result of the offense. For purposes of this paragraph, a pecuniary damages statement prepared by a county attorney pursuant to section 910.3 may serve as the itemization of economic loss.

Identification of any physical injury suffered by the victim as a result of the offense with detail as to its seriousness and permanence.

Description of any change in the personal welfare or familial relationships of the victim as a result of the offense.

Description of any request for psychological services initiated by the victim or their family as a result of the offense.

Any other information related to the impact of the offense upon the victim.

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Iowa Restitution to Victims
Restitution must be ordered at the time of sentencing. Once restitution is ordered the Department of Corrections collects restitution from inmates to be paid to their victims.

The Iowa Department of Corrections began collecting restitution from inmates in 1982. These collections are deducted from allowances paid to inmates as well as from credits to inmate accounts deposited from outside sources. 20% of these funds are collected and sent to the Clerk of Court in the county where the restitution was ordered. The Clerk of Court sends the funds to the victims every 3 months. The Department also collects current and outstanding legal debts from certain inmates as ordered by the Federal courts.

The numbers of hours the inmates work vary due to special needs considerations, such as behavior problems, medical needs, mental health, or treatment programs.

Inmates may earn from $3.00/day to a small number earning $15.00/day, determined by the job they hold. 20% of any credit the inmate receives is to pay court ordered restitution to victims.

If you have questions about restitution, contact:

Iowa Department of Corrections
Victim and Restorative Justice Programs
420 Watson Powell, Jr. Way
Des Moines, Iowa
515-242-5742

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Iowa Victim Compensation
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Crime Victim Compensation Program may be able to help. The Compensation Program helps victims with costs related to injuries from violent crime, and it is funded entirely by fines and penalties paid by criminals (not by taxpayers). This year the program will award over $3 million to Iowa crime victims.

Some of the people eligible for help include victims of drunk driving, victims who have been physically or emotionally injured by violent crime, survivors of a homicide victim and family members of victims. The program pays for crime-related expenses such as medical care, counseling, lost wages and funeral expenses (if costs are not covered by insurance or other sources). The program can also pay for clean-up of a homicide scene and replacement of clothing held as evidence.

The application process is simple. Applications are accepted through the mail or by telephone. The Crime Victim Compensation Program cannot erase the painful memories of a crime, but it can help in your recovery and ease the financial burdens you face.

Who Can Get Help?

What Do I Have to Do?

How Long Will It Take?

It can up to 10 weeks to determine if you are eligible for compensation. Payments will be made when all required information is received. You can request an emergency award for your lost wages or out-of-pocket expenses. Once payment has been made, our program does attempt to seek restitution from the offender.

What Kinds of Costs Can be Paid?

To apply, download the application, complete, and return to:

Iowa Attorney General
Crime Victim Assistance Division
Lucas Building, Ground Floor
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
Phone: (515)281-5044
Toll Free: (800) 373-5044
Fax: (515) 281-8199








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