It guarantees equal rights to crime victims in a number of important ways including:
- informing victims and their families about their rights and the services available to them,
giving them the right to receive notification of proceedings and major developments in a criminal case,
protecting their safety by notifying them in a timely manner regarding changes to the offender’s custodial status, and
allowing victims and their families to exercise their right to be present - and heard - at court proceedings.