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Connecticut Laws | Title 46a Human Rights
CHAPTER 813a OFFICE OF THE VICTIM ADVOCATE. OFFICE OF THE CHILD ADVOCATE
Sec. 46a-13c. Responsibilities of the Victim Advocate.

(2) Coordinate and cooperate with other private and public agencies concerned with the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of the constitutional rights of victims and enter into cooperative agreements with public or private agencies for the furtherance of the constitutional rights of victims; (133)

(3) Review the procedures established by any state agency or other entity providing services to victims with respect to the constitutional rights of victims; (134)

(4) Receive and review complaints of persons concerning the actions of any state or other entity providing services to victims and investigate those where it appears that a victim or family of a victim may be in need of assistance from the Victim Advocate; (135)

(5) File a limited special appearance in any court proceeding for the purpose of advocating for any right guaranteed to a crime victim by the Constitution of the state or any right provided to a crime victim by any provision of the general statutes; (136)

(6) Ensure a centralized location for victim services information; (137)

(7) Recommend changes in state policies concerning victims, including changes in the system of providing victim services; (138)

(8) Conduct programs of public education, undertake legislative advocacy, and make proposals for systemic reform; (139)

(9) Monitor the provision of protective services to witnesses by the Chief State's Attorney pursuant to section 54-82t; and (140)

(10) Take appropriate steps to advise the public of the services of the Office of the Victim Advocate, the purpose of the office and procedures to contact the office. (141)

Sec. 46a-13d. Access to information. Rights and powers. (142)(Text)

(a) All state, local and private agencies shall have a duty to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the Office of the Victim Advocate. Consistent with the provisions of the general statutes concerning the confidentiality of records and information, the Victim Advocate shall have access to, including the right to inspect and copy, any records necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the Victim Advocate as provided in section 46a-13c. Nothing contained in this subsection shall be construed to waive a victim's right to confidentiality of communications or records as protected by any provision of the general statutes or common law. (143)

(b) In the performance of his responsibilities under section 46a-13c, the Victim Advocate may communicate privately with any victim or person who has received, is receiving or should have received services from the state. Such communications shall be confidential and not be subject to disclosure except as provided in subsection (a) of section 46a-13e. (144)

(c) The Victim Advocate may apply for and accept grants, gifts and bequests of funds from other states, federal and interstate agencies and independent authorities and private firms, individuals and foundations, for the purpose of carrying out his responsibilities. (145)

Sec. 46a-13e. Confidentiality of identity of complainant, identity of certain witnesses and other information. Limited disclosure authorized. (146)(Text)

(a) The name, address and other personally identifiable information of a person who makes a complaint to the Victim Advocate as provided in section 46a-13c, all information obtained or generated by the office in the course of an investigation, the identity and location of any person receiving or considered for the receipt of protective services under section 54-82t and all information obtained or generated by the office in the course of monitoring the provision of protective services under section 54-82t, and all confidential records obtained by the Victim Advocate or his designee shall be confidential and shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act or otherwise, except that such information and records, other than confidential information concerning a pending law enforcement investigation or a pending prosecution, may be disclosed if the Victim Advocate determines that disclosure is (1) in the general public interest, or (2) necessary to enable the Victim Advocate to perform his responsibilities under section 46a-13c, provided in no event shall the name, address or other personally identifiable information of a person be disclosed without the consent of such person. (147)

(b) No state or municipal agency shall discharge, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against, any employee who in good faith makes a complaint to the Victim Advocate or cooperates with the Office of the Victim Advocate in an investigation. (148)

Sec. 46a-13f. Advisory committee established. (149)(Text)

(a) There is established an advisory committee to the Office of the Victim Advocate which shall prepare and submit to the Governor in accordance with section 46a-13b a list of candidates for appointment as Victim Advocate. The advisory committee shall meet three times a year with the Victim Advocate and his staff to review and assess the following: (1) Patterns of treatment and service for victims; (2) policy implications of the findings of subdivision (1) of this subsection; and (3) necessary systemic improvements. The advisory committee shall also provide for an annual evaluation of the effectiveness of said office. (150)

(b) Said advisory committee shall consist of: (1) One representative of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, appointed by its board of directors; (2) one representative of Survivors of Homicide, appointed by its board of directors; (3) one representative of Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, appointed by its board of directors; (4) one representative of Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, Inc., appointed by its board of directors; (5) one member of a victim's advocacy group, appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (6) one member of hospital emergency room personnel, appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (7) one therapist who deals with victims and trauma, appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; (8) one prosecutor, appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (9) one representative of law enforcement, appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (10) one representative from the educational community with an expertise in victimology, appointed by the minority leader of the Senate; (11) one attorney, appointed by the Connecticut Bar Association; and (12) one judge of the Superior Court, appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Each member of the advisory committee shall serve a five-year term. (151)

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