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If you have been a victim of or witness to a crime, where do you turn for information and support? You can reach a Victim Advocate by phone during normal business hours. However, you can also send a message to Victim Assistance at any time by using the form below. All victim advocates for the selected County will receive your message.
The following services are free of charge to crime victims and witnesses:
No one expects to be a victim of crime. But it happens.
One American household in three is victimized by serious crime every year.
If you or someone close to you is affected by crime, you may be shocked, angered, or shamed. And you may feel helpless and confused.
The criminal justice system has traditionally ignored the special needs of victims while concentrating on protecting the rights of the accused. But the tide is changing.
The Victim Assistance Program is here to offer crime victims emotional support during the aftermath of crime and guidance through the maze of the criminal justice system.
Victims have the right:
…to be treated with dignity and compassion
…to be protected from intimidation and harm
…to be informed about the criminal justice system
…to be informed of agencies which can assist them
…to be informed of financial compensation
If you are a victim of a violent (not property) crime, you may be eligible for victim compensation for out-of-pocket expenses such as medical, counseling, lost wages, and funeral costs. You must apply within one year after the crime. There does not have to be an arrest in the case to apply for compensation. Call the Victim Assistance Program in your county of residence for details.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program does not discriminate against individuals or groups on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or disability. If you believe you have been the target of discrimination, you have the right to file a civil rights complaint. Information on how to file a civil rights complaint can be found on the Office of Justice Programs website at http://www.ojp.gov/about/ocr/complaint.htm .
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