REASON FOR BEING
that spurred the formation of Justice for Homicide Victims.
26 year-old man strangled beautiful, 22 year-old Dominique Dunne
to death. This is a particularly ugly way to die. It takes time.
In this case four minutes for brain death. There was a witness to
this murder who did nothing to save her.
the day of the trial the murderer appeared in court clutching a
bible. He continued to appear with it in prominent view throughout
the trial. A little obvious?
at all. The jury bought it. They heard the case and went out and
came back with a verdict of voluntary manslaughter.
Six years - eligible for release in three.
was not an isolated case; it happened all the time. It
particularly happened in California. For some reason when a murder
is committed and the killer apprehended and brought to trial and
the judicial process cranked up and slowly and tediously begins
to grind away, several things are gradually made clear:
the victim is forgotten.
Second, the victim's family becomes totally
beside the point.
Third, the system is so overly concerned
about the right of the accused that the jury is never allowed
to hear the facts. If the accused is a gang member, that is
inadmissable. If he has a history of assaults or murders,
that is inadmissable. The jury is never allowed to hear about
results are verdicts and sentences that would be more suitable
for petty theft than murder. Judges are not accountable for
these sentences. Meanwhile the victim is still dead and the
victims family becomes more and more beside the point. Something
has to be done about this.
exists for that reason. We are a group made up of people who have
suffered the loss of a loved-one -- child, parent, mate, brother,
sister -- through murder; as well as professionals and others
who share our views and concern.
are people who have grieved and mourned - but have come to realize
that the tears do nothing to sublimate a sense of outrage and
conviction to see justice done.
too bad an oragnization like this has to exist. We recognize the
fact that nothing will ever bring our children or loved-ones back.
They are gone for good. The idea is to try to save some lives
in the future.
To be the champion of the legal rights of survivors of homicide victims by providing them information about victim rights in all aspects of the criminal justice system.
Provide support and friendship to distressed persons who experienced the homicide of a family member.
Foster survivors physical and emotional health.
Provide contact with similarly bereaved family members or other persons.
Provide public awareness and education of victim rights and the abuse or noncompliance of thee rights in all areas of the criminal justice system.
Provide support of victims who fight for their rights.
Funeral Services and related matters
Educate society-at-large to the problems faced by the survivors
of homicide victims and foster awareness of such problems
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Justice For Homicide Victims (JHV),
a non-profit organization. We provide support in dealing with the pain and suffering associated with the homicide of a loved one when the victims’ survivors are usually totally misunderstood by their friends and relatives. We assist homicide victim survivors by providing them with their rights under current laws and provide support of victims who fight for their rights.
of the public as to the real truth about our criminal justice
system. When the people of this country understand that
the victim has no legal standing whatsoever or representation
in a criminal trial, whereas the accused is represented,
they will be moved to change our laws.
a person realizes that if he or she is raped, shot or left
for dead, as a victim you may not even have the right to
testify at the trial. If they are murdered they will probably
put the victim on trial and no one has the duty or the right
to represent them. When the accused is sentenced, the sentence
pronounced by the judge is not true as each criminal becomes
eligible for parole in one-half to one-third of the length
of the sentence.
in coping with a complex legal system and law enforcement
officials, providing an understanding of their role in the
criminal justice system.
and referrals to appropriate agencies set up by the state
for various forms of assistance.
advice and involvement in the arraignment, preliminary hearing
and trial of the accused, with members attending sessions