Your Rights

What are your rights?

As a survivor of dating or domestic violence you have certain rights. A HopeWorks advocate will be able to review the following rights with you in further detail.

In Maryland, all victims of crime have the right to:

  • Be treated with dignity, respect and sensitivity.
  • Be informed of your rights.
  • Be notified of crisis intervention and counseling services.
  • Be notified of  domestic violence programs and support groups.
  • Be notified of criminal injuries compensation and other social services available.
  • Be informed on how to apply for services.
  • Be told of protection available to you and how to obtain protection.
  • Be informed by the State’s Attorney of the arrest of a suspect and closing of the criminal case.
  • Be notified of court hearings and offender custody status.
  • Be present and heard at criminal justice proceedings.
  • Seek restitution from the offender(s).

More about Your Rights

You have the right to survive and thrive, which means that you have the right to request that which you need to transition from victim to survivor.

To speak to someone about your legal rights and options, contact our Legal Services Department.