- Every State, county, and municipal police department and hospital
or other place of emergency medical care shall have available
and shall post in a public place information booklets, pamphlets
or other pertinent written information, to be supplied by the
Victims of Crime Compensation Agency, relating to the availability
of crime victims' compensation including all necessary application
blanks required to be filed with the board.
- Included in the information supplied by the Victims of Crime
Compensation Board shall be information for victims of sexual
offenses. This information shall contain the location of rape
crisis centers in all geographical areas throughout the State
and shall instruct victims of sexual offenses that if a rape crisis
center is not available in a victim's immediate geographical area,
the victim may contact the appropriate county victim-witness coordinator
appointed by the Chief of the Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy
established pursuant to P.L.1985, c. 404 (C. 52:4B-39 et seq.).
Unless the victim requires immediate medical attention, this information
shall be personally conveyed to the victim of a sexual offense
by a representative of the hospital or place of emergency care
before a medical examination of the victim is conducted, or by
a representative of the police department before the victim's
statement is taken, to afford the victim the opportunity to arrange
to have assistance from the rape crisis center or county victim-witness
coordinator during these procedures. Hospitals shall be held harmless
from suits emanating from a hospital's carrying out the obligation
to convey information to victims of sexual offenses.
"Rape crisis center" means an office, institution
or center offering assistance to victims of sexual offenses
through crisis intervention, medical and legal information and
- Every police department shall, upon the filing of a report of
a violent crime, make available to any victim information concerning
crime victims' compensation. Amended by L.1987, c. 327, 1, eff.