Help for crime victims

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Are you a survivor of a crime?

It is not always easy to know if you are a victim of a crime. If you are not sure if you have been a crime victim, call your local police and speak to an officer about the details of your situation. You can also contact a crime victim advocate near you. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Click here to see a checklist that may help you identify if you are a victim of certain crimes. This link takes you to another website.

Know your rights

You may have legal issues if you are a crime victim. Click here to get information about your civil legal needs and learn what your rights are: 

  • Victims’ rights overview
  • Family law issues
  • Safety issues
  • Immigration issues
  • Money and financial issues
  • Housing issues
  • Employment issues
  • Domestic violence
  • LGBTQ+ rights and hate crimes

Get financial compensation

If you are a victim of crime, you may have many costs related to the crime and your recovery. This can include medical and mental health care costs, lost income, and repairing or replacing damaged or lost property. Crime victim compensation (money) may be able to help you with these financial matters.


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