Crime Victims Rights Board


The Crime Victims Rights Board (CVRB) is an independent quasi-judicial body that operates by authority of Wis. Stat. Chapter 950.09and Wis. Admin. CVRB 1 to: 


  • Review victims' rights complaints filed by victims of crime against public officials, employees and agencies
  • After a finding of probable cause, conduct investigations and/or hold evidentiary hearings
  • Issue final written decisions concerning reviewed cases
  • Issue remedies or sanctions for violations of  statutory or constitutional victims' rights
  • Issue reports and recommendations concerning the provision of victims' rights and services




The actions of the CVRB are not subject to review or approval of the attorney general.  By statute, the CVRB has limited administrative attachment to the Department of Justice.  Therefore, DOJ staff are assigned to assist the CVRB as it carries out its statutory duties:


CVRB Director:  Julie Braun  
CVRB Executive Assistant:  Amy Ulrich

CVRB Legal Counsel:  Assistant Attorney General Maura Whelan


Contact: Email the Crime Victims’ Rights Board.



Sanctions & Remedies   


The Board may issue private or public reprimands for violations, seek appropriate equitable relief on behalf of a victim (but it may not seek to reverse, appeal or modify a judgment of conviction); bring a civil action to assess a forfeiture of up to $1000 for an intentional violation; and it may issue reports and recommendations concerning the provision of victims’ rights and services.  The Board may also refer cases involving an alleged violation by a judge to the Judicial Commission.


WisconsinEye Video: Legally Speaking - Crime Victims' Rights Board





The Board consists of five members who are appointed for 4-year terms by the following appointing authorities:

Appointee Appointing Authority Seat Held Term Expires

Jen Dunn

Attorney General County Provider of Victim/Witness Services May 1, 2019

DA Tim Gruenke

CVRB Chair

WI District Attorney's Association District Attorney May 1, 2021
Amy Severt Wisconsin Crime Victims Council Citizen  May 1, 2020

Rebecca Rapp,

CVRB Vice-Chair

Governor Citizen  May 1, 2019

Sheriff Paul Susienka

Attorney General Local Law Enforcement May 1, 2021


CVRB Reports 


CVRB Case Statistics 1999 - 2018

Reports & Recommendations Issued To Date 


Wisconsin Victims Rights Law


Administrative Rules: Crime Victims' Rights Board 

Child victims and witnesses; duty to expedite proceedings: 971.105

Consultation With and Notices to Victim: 971.095
Crime Victim Compensation : Wis. Stat. Chapter 949
Exclusion of Witnesses: 906.15
Inquiry Before a Plea 971.08(1)(d)
Inquiry upon dismissal 971.315
Pre-sentence investigation 972.15
Restitution 973.20

Speedy Trial 971.10

Statements before sentencing 972.14

Waiting area for victims and witnesses 967.10