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Project Victim Services

The Office of the Child Advocate is the only agency or department designated to provide assistance and representation to children in DCYF care who may be entitled to victim’s compensation. Section 42-73-9.1 of the Rhode Island General Laws empowers the Office to commence civil actions for children pursuant to the “Criminal Injuries Compensation Act.” The goals of this project include:

  • Increasing the child victim’s awareness regarding laws and legal procedures
  • Pursuing legal action on behalf of selected child victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse
  • Assuring that child victims have access to necessary support services
  • Promoting the best interests of child victims in the criminal justice system.