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Red Heart granite statue in the Courage in Bloom Garden.Mission

The Center for Crime Victim Services provides leadership to the state to ensure that justice is delivered to all victims and survivors of crime through recognition of harm done and advocacy for their rights and needs.



The Center for Crime Victim Services joins with victims, survivors, and those who interact with victims and offenders to provide, sustain, and support a collaborative system of direct services across Vermont that is comprehensive, victim-centered, trauma-informed, and accessible to all diverse populations. We also work to hold offenders accountable for the harm they have caused victims and communities.


Guiding Principles

 We strive to ensure that services are:

  • Delivered in a timely manner
  • Trauma informed
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Tailored to the crime
  • Not victim blaming
  • Available to the victim regardless of the offender's status
  • Improved by the input of victims and providers
  • Made to hold the offender accountable


We believe that every person is equal and valuable; and if victimized, is entitled to full and equal justice. Justice for crime victims can be achieved through the individualized provision of high quality services, by holding offenders accountable for harm done, and by engaging and educating communities and government agencies about victimization.