(725 ILCS 240/2)
(from Ch. 70, par. 502)
Legislative findings and intent.
The General Assembly finds
that when crime strikes, the chief concern of criminal justice agencies
has been apprehending and dealing with the criminal, and that the victim
or witness is frequently forgotten or further victimized by the criminal
justice system. Nevertheless, the single most important determinant of
whether a case is resolved is the information and assistance provided by
the victim or witness.
It is, therefore, the intent of the General Assembly to provide ways of
improving attitudes of victims and witnesses toward the criminal justice
system and to provide for faster and more complete victim recovery from
the effects of crime through the establishment of victim and witness assistance centers.
All services and practices of each center shall further or complement the
(a) Assist the criminal justice agencies in giving more consideration
and personal attention to victims and witnesses of violent crime;
(b) Sensitize law enforcement officials and others who come into contact
with crime victims and witnesses;
(c) Attempt to decrease the incidence of unreported crimes;
(d) Assure that victims and witnesses are informed of the progress of
the cases in which they are involved;
(e) Encourage public use of the services made available under this Act.
This Act shall be construed to complement the provisions of the "Crime
Victims Compensation Act" in meeting their common goals, but this Act shall
be administered and funded as provided herein.
(Source: P.A. 83-908.)