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Victims of crime are often confused, scared, and in need of assistance. We want to help victims know about the broad range and multiple services available that will assist victims with counseling, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, criminal justice advocacy, compensation and protection.

Visit the Office of Victims of Crime Services database to find the types of services that are available.

Victim Advocacy
Victim advocates at local offices may accompany victims to court proceedings and police interviews, assist with crime victim compensation applications, and help in submitting restitution applications to the prosecutor’s office.

Victim Compensation
Each state has a victim compensation program to help reimburse victims for expenses incurred as the result of a crime. Types of expenses vary from state to state, but examples include mental health care, medical care, burial costs, crime scene clean-up, relocation expenses, and wage loss.

Deadlines for filing state compensation applications are strict and sometimes short. Failure to file within specified time limits may disqualify a victim for compensation. If the deadline is not met, the state compensation board may allow a victim to apply if they can show good cause why the deadline was not met. If the board denies compensation, a victim may be able to appeal, but should seek the assistance of an attorney. To locate a state compensation program, visit State Compensation Program.

Counseling Services
Victims who need counseling may find free services in their community or may seek reimbursement for counseling through the state crime victim compensation program. To find free counseling in your community, visit the Office of Victims of Crime Services online database.

Protection from Offenders
Victims have a right to be protected from an offender. Victims who are threatened or intimidated have the right to police protection and should contact police immediately. If victims are in danger, they may seek protection orders from the courts ordering offenders to stay away. To locate a local office for a protection order, visit the Office of Victims of Crime Services database.

Visit for information on specific state compensation programs.

Direct Services

American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

DOD Safe Helpline

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

National Domestic Violence Hotline

TTY 800-787-3224

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

TTY 866-331-8453

Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network   800-656-HOPE

Information and Referrals

Battered Women's Justice Project

Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Information

TTY 866-653-4261
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

National Organization for Victim Assistance

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

TTY 800-787-3224
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline   800-662-HELP
TTY 800-487-4889

Training, Technical Assistance, and Other Services

Child Welfare Information Gateway

National Children's Alliance

National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges

National Crime Prevention Council

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (OVC Resource Center)

TTY 301-947-8374
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

TTY 717-909-0715
Office of Victims of Crime TTAC

TTY 866-682-8880
Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody   800-527-3223
Quick References

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