Survivors’ Rights

Your rights while receiving legal services from the Cherokee Family Violence Center include:

  • The right to equal services regardless of political affiliation, religion, race, color, sex, gender identity, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation and all other civil rights
  • The right to be fully informed of the Center’s policies and services
  • The right to inspect and review your file
  • The right to free court costs including copies of orders, subpoenas, and filing fees
  • The right to request correction or removal of inaccurate, irrelevant, outdated or incomplete information from your file
  • The right to submit information to your Legal Advocate that you want included in your file
  • The right to change your mind about your legal plan and expect the Legal Advocate to assist you with the changes you want to make
  • The right to voice any grievances and register complaints about the services you have received from CFVC

Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights

Your rights as a victim of a crime according to the Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights, O.C.G.A. 15-17-1, et. Seq., include:

  • The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any scheduled court proceedings or any changes to such proceedings
  • The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of the arrest, release, or escape of the accused
  • The right not to be excluded from any scheduled court proceedings, except as provided by law
  • The right to be heard at any scheduled court proceedings involving the release, plea, or sentencing of the accused
  • The right to file a written objection in any parole proceedings involving the accused
  • The right to confer with the prosecuting attorney in any criminal prosecution related to the victim
  • The right to restitution as provided by law
  • The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay
  • The right to be treated fairly and with dignity by all criminal justice agencies involved in the case