Crime survivors in Michigan are advocating for policy changes that can make the state safer by increasing support for crime victims and prioritizing rehabilitation to stop the cycle of crime. Specifically, survivors are advocating for reforms to the state’s probation system that reduce recidivism, as well as employment protections for victims in the aftermath of a crime.
Expand Access and Support for Victims
Extend the state’s victim compensation program to cover all victims of crime and their household, as well as broaden support to cover costs like loss of tuition, transportation, job training and vocational rehab.
Change Time Limits
Eliminate reporting time limits and extending the time frame to file a victim compensation application from one to five years.
Expand Housing Protections
Extend lease termination protection to all witnesses and survivors of violence, including their family members.
Expand Employment Protections
Expand paid medical leave protections to all crime survivors and witnesses, as well as changing the definition of “family member” to include someone who lives with the eligible employee and who has a familial relationship.
Implement and Fund Trauma Recovery Centers
Work with the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission to allocate funding towards launching TRCs in underserved communities, and providing critical services that end cycles of victimization.