If you or someone in your care have suffered through any type of felony crime, such as abuse, rape, or assault, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney wants you to know that we are here to listen and help you. In what may be one of the most traumatic experiences you have ever faced, the staff and attorneys in this office are committed to helping you bring justice to those who have done you harm and return to your life with a renewed sense of safety and security.
While you, your child, or another loved one may feel as if no one cares about you or your case, we want you to know that you are not alone and that we are here to help guide you through the justice system with open ears and minds. We do our best to understand you and your unique situation so everyone involved in the case has the best and most complete information.
To provide a crucial link between the attorneys working your case and the staff who supports them as well as to give you – the victim – an understanding resource throughout what could be a long and potentially complex process, the Kenton Commonwealth’s Attorney Office has a dedicated, in-house victim’s advocate available to assist you during this trying time.
Our victim’s advocate, as well as our entire team of staff and attorneys, are dedicated to keeping you informed throughout your case, helping you understand the criminal justice process, “translating” legal terms and explaining issues so you understand exactly what is happening, and caring for you to the point of helping to provide safe shelter and food, if needed.
We urge you to contact us if you have any questions about your rights as a crime victim, if you have questions specific to your case, or if one of the resources below are unavailable.
Victim Impact Statement (Instructions and Form)
Although completely voluntary, the victim impact statement is filled out by the victim (or another person on the victim’s behalf) to help the judge understand how a crime has impacted them. Filling out this form gives victims the opportunity to think about what they want to say and avoid having to speak in open court although like testifying in court, this form, once submitted to the court, becomes an open public record.
Crime Victims Compensation Packet (Instructions and Application)
This packet includes instructions for and an application to file a claim with the Kentucky Crime Victims Compensation Board. This packet is intended for victims and third parties acting on the victim’s behalf (such as a legal guardian, parent of a minor child, and/or the victim’s attorney, etc.). The state requires this form be completed to reimburse, pay, compensate, etc., crime victims for lost wages, medical bills, and/or final expenses, among others.
This resource outlines the 12 most basic steps specific to Kentucky’s criminal justice system. Our office is pleased to offer this PDF to victims who would like to understand an overview of the process or to members of the general public who would also like to learn more about it.
Rob Sanders Shares His Background and A Touching Experience Helping a Young Victim
View the video below to learn more about Rob Sanders, Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney, and the satisfaction he finds in his work when helping victims win justice.