Office of Victim Services

Address

770 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43222

Phone

614-728-1976
or toll free
1-888-VICTIM4 (1-888-842-8464)

E-Mail

DRC.Victim.Services@odrc.state.oh.us 

How to Contact the Office of Victim Services Map - PDF


Mission

The mission of the Office of Victim Services is to work in partnerships to make a positive difference in the lives of crime victims, by affording them meaningful participation throughout the Ohio corrections process.

What Services are Available for Victims of Crime?

  • Crisis intervention and advocacy throughout the corrections process.
  • Assist victims with concerns related to inmates and parolees under our jurisdiction.
  • Provide certain information regarding status of inmates in prison or under supervision of the Adult Parole Authority.
  • Community education about policies and procedures of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
  • Refers victims to state, local and community resources.
  • Petitions the Ohio Parole Board for Full Board Hearings as appropriate.
  • Trains and monitors network of Victim Coordinators located in each prison and Adult Parole Authority region.
  • Provides education to department staff to increase awareness of victims' issues.
  • Assists the Ohio Parole Board and Adult Parole Authority in identifying victims' issues and provides input into decision-making process as appropriate.

 

Victim Registration/Notifications

If you are a victim of a crime and would like to register for notification regarding an inmate under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, complete the Victim Notification form.  Upon receipt of your notification form, the Office of Victim Services will process your request and mail a confirmation letter.


Senate Bill 160, known as “Roberta’s Law”, became effective on March 22, 2013. Roberta’s Law expands victim notification rights enumerated in Ohio Revised Code section 2930.16 as they relate to certain inmate release or transfer proceedings. If the inmate is convicted of Aggravated Murder, Murder, a first, second or third degree offense of violence or is serving a life sentence, the victim will be automatically notified of specified events, regardless of whether the victim has requested notification.

Roberta’s Law also provides an opt-out mechanism for those victims who do not wish to be automatically notified of certain inmate release and transfer proceedings.  In order to opt out of receiving these notifications a “Victim Notification Opt Out” form must be on file with the Office of Victim Services.  The signed “Victim Notification Opt Out” form can be mailed or emailed to the contact information listed below. 

The Office of Victim Services

770 West Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 432222

Telephone (toll free) 888-842-8464

DRC.VICTIM.SERVICES@ODRC.STATE.OH.US 


PLEASE NOTE:  In addition to the registration above, victims can also register with VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) to have the most comprehensive notification services possible.  VINE links county sheriff and statewide correctional facilities to make the status of offenders available 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year.

Victim Coordinators - Institutions and Parole Offices

(Click to view locations)

Each correctional institution and parole office has a staff assigned to serve as the "victim coordinator." These staff respond to victim issues and concerns at the local level and serve as liaisons to the Office of Victim Services.

Parole Board Victim Notification Section

Victims of inmates incarcerated in Ohio's prisons may register with the Victim Notification Section of the Parole Board. Registered victims will be notified prior to release consideration hearings.  Victims may write to the Ohio Parole Board or personally voice their concerns in an appointment with an Ohio Parole Board staff member.  Appointments are scheduled by the Office of Victim Services when requested by a victim, victim’s family or designated victim representative.  Victims Conference Day which is held once a month for this purpose.

The victim or designated representative wishing to provide additional statements and/or information to the Ohio Parole Board and/or Adult Parole Authority should send those documents to:  Office of Victim Services, 770 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH  43222.


Ohio Council on Victims Justice

 

Members

Ex-Officio Members

 

Chrystal Pounds-Alexander

 

Office of Victim Services

 

Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

 

770 West Broad Street

 

Columbus, Ohio 43222

 

614-728-1551

 

Chrystal.Pounds-Alexander@odrc.state.oh.us

Gary Heath

Jennifer Boswell

Office of Criminal Justice Services

APA - Akron District Office

1970 West Broad Street

161 South High Street, Suite 104

Columbus, Ohio 43223

Akron, Ohio 44308

614-466-0306

330-643-1059 (direct)

gmheath@dps.state.oh.us

jennifer.boswell@odrc.state.oh.us

Kathleen Kovach, Parole Board Member

 

Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

 

770 West Broad Street

 

Columbus, Ohio 43222

 

614-937-4591

 

kathleen.kovach@odrc.state.oh.us

 

 

 

Cynthia Mausser, Managing Director of Court & Community

Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation and Correction

770 West Broad Street

Columbus, Ohio 43222

614-752-1235

cynthia.mausser@odrc.state.oh.us


Phyllis Carlson-Riehm, Executive Director

David Voth, Executive Director

Action Ohio Coalition for Battered Women

Crime Victim Services

5900 Roche Drive #445

330 North Elizabeth Street, 2nd Floor

Columbus, Ohio 43229

Lima, Ohio 45801-4311

614-825-0551; 888-622-9315

419-222-8666

actionohio@sbcglobal.net

victim@crimevictimservices.org

Katie Hanna, Executive Director

Nancy Neylon, Director

Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Ohio Domestic Violence Network

526 Superior Avenue, #1400

4807 Evanswood Drive, Suite 201

Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Columbus, Ohio 43229

888-886-8388; 216-658-1381, ext. 125

614-781-9651; 800-934-9840

khanna@oaesv.org

Nancyn@odvn.org

Mark Weiner, President

Catherine Lee

Ohio Victim Witness Association

Ohio Crime Justice Center

20 S. Second Street

PO Box 369

Newark, Oh 43055

Powell, Ohio 43065

740-670-5545

614-848-8500

mweiner@lcounty.com

cathyharperlee@tjlo.org

Cindy Kuhr, Victim Specialist

Sherry Nolan

BCI&I

Parents of Murdered Children

P. O. Box 365

4960 Ridge Avenue, Suite #2

London, Ohio 43140

Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

740-506-6690; 740-845-2641

513-721-5683

cindy.kuhr@ohioattorneygeneral.gov

snolan@pomc.org

 

Debra Seltzer, Program Administrator

 

Ohio Department of Health SA & DV Prevention

 

246 North High Street, 8th Floor

 

Columbus, Ohio 43215

 

614-728-2176

 

debra.seltzer@odh.ohio.gov

Tilde Bricker

Nancy Radcliffe

MADD, Ohio State Office

Helpline of Delaware and Morrow Counties

5900 roche Drive, Suite 250

11 North Franklin Street

Columbus, Ohio 43229

Delaware, Ohio 43015

614-885-6233

740-363-1835

Tilde.bricker@madd.org

nradcliffe@helplinedelmor.org