Services For Victims  

Ohio Department of Youth Services
Office of Victim Services
4545 Fisher Road
Columbus, OH 43228

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Services Offered by the Office of Victim Services (OVS)
  • Notification of a youth’s commitment to the Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS)
  • Notifications of youth’s upcoming release and discharge reviews and his/her outcome
  • Crisis support during the time the youth is in the custody of the DYS
  • Assistance to victims with concerns relating to a youth in a facility or on parole
  • Referrals to other state and community services, including Crime Victim Compensation
  • Representing victims’ concerns to the Release Authority Board, including collecting and presenting Victim Impact Statements
  • Facilitating Office Conferences between victims and the Release Authority Board
  • Notifying victims of youth apology letters and their ability to request a copy

Victim's Rights The Office of Victim Services provides confidential support and information to victims, survivors, and guardians of minors impacted by crime by youth sentenced to the Ohio Department of Youth Services.
Notification The Ohio Department of Youth Services provides notification to victims regarding the status of a youth in our custody. Please complete and submit a Change of Address Form any time your name or address changes so that we can continue to provide you with notification.

NOTE: With the passage of SB 160, known as “Roberta’s Law,” which became effective March 22, 2013, victims of violent crimes that are a felony level 1, 2 or 3 are automatically notified of upcoming releases whether or not the victim has actually requested notification. If you do not want to receive notification, you must complete an Opt-Out Form.

Victims of felony level 4 and 5 cases or non-violent felony level 1, 2 and 3 cases must complete a registration form to receive notices. You will receive a notice from our office once we get your information from the court. If you believe you are the victim of a juvenile offender and have not received a notification form, please contact OVS.

What if I Want to Talk to My Juvenile Offender? OVS offers a program called Victim Offender Dialogue. This program is a process in which the victim of a violent crime and the juvenile offender are able to meet. All requests for this program must come from the victim/survivor through the Office of Victim Services. Dialogue preparation can take from several months to over a year before the meeting actually occurs.

How May I Submit Completed Forms? If you have any questions about completing any paperwork, please contact the Office of Victim Services Information Line at 800-872-3132. Completed forms may be submitted by faxing, emailing, or standard mailing:

  • Fax to (614) 995-0289, or
  • Scan and e-mail to, or
  • Send U.S. Mail to Ohio Department of Youth Services, Attn: Office of Victim Services, 30 W. Spring St., 5th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215

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