Victim notification is an important tool that will tell you:
The status of the criminal court case;
When an inmate asks for changes to his or her:
registration with the Sex Offender Registry;
custody status with the Department of Correction (DOC) and the Board of Pardons and Paroles; and
when an order of protection is issued, changed, or ends.
"Thank you so much for letting us know the outcome of the parole hearing right away! I had no idea how much it was weighing on my mind ..."
Comment from a Crime Victim
Victims use the information they receive from
victim notification to exercise their
rights under the Connecticut
Constitution. Some victims also use this information
to create a safety plan, if the offender is going to be released from prison
or if an order of protection changed or ended.
Information on OVS Victim Notification programs and other agencies that
offer notification is below. If you decide to register for Victim
Notification, it is important that you tell the agency you register with if
there are any changes to your contact information, so you can continue to
receive notification. For more information, see Victim Notification Programs - PDF
You may also call the OVS Helpline at
1-800-822-8428 (toll-free, nationwide) for more information.
DID YOU KNOW? The Connecticut Judicial Branch offers
information to the public on Criminal, Motor Vehicle, Civil, Small
Claims, Supreme, Appellate, and Housing court cases.
information about a court case, please click on Case Look-up on the
left hand side of this page.
criminal case updates;
changes in the custody status of inmates at the DOC; and
when a criminal or civil court order of protection is issued, changed, or ends.
Crime victims, their family members, and the public may register
for notification in English and Spanish by clicking on the CT SAVIN button
on the left side of this page or by calling the OVS Helpline at
Custody Status of Inmates [+]
OVS offers confidential notification
to victims, their family members, and other eligible persons on changes in
the custody status of an inmate who was sentenced by the court to serve time
The DOC, Victim Services Unit offers victim
notification on changes in the custody status of inmates who are in prison
while the court case is pending (accused) and inmates who were sentenced to
prison by the court (convicted).
If you have a court
protective order or a civil restraining order, OVS will automatically mail
you a letter when the protective order ends and 5 weeks before a restraining
order ends. You do not need to register for this notification. The letter will be sent to the address in the clerk's file. It's important that you tell the clerk's office if your contact information changes.
Probation Violation [+]
Crime victims may request to be notified if
the probation officer notifies police that the
defendant did not follow the conditions of probation (probation violation).
To request notification, you must provide the probation officer with your
name and contact information. Please call the Adult Probation Central
Office at 860-721-2100 for the name and telephone number of the defendant’s
Psychiatric Security Review Board [+]
Crime victims, their survivors or legal representatives may receive
notification when a defendant found not guilty by lack of capacity because of mental disease or defect is
scheduled for a hearing, escapes, or is released from the Psychiatric
Security Review Board (PSRB). To register for notification, call the
PSRB at 860‑566‑1441.