Some victims of crime file a civil suit against their offender or a third party to try to recover financial losses resulting from a crime. This is different from a criminal case that the state prosecutes to determine guilt.
In addition, if your case goes to criminal trial and the defendant is found guilty, you may want to make an inquiry with your attorney about requesting restitution during sentencing.
If you are the victim of a crime and are interested in receiving a referral for a civil attorney, you may request assistance through the National Crime Victim Bar Association by completing an online questionnaire.
Visit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children website for data on nonfamily abductions.
If you’re interested in conducting legal research relating to crime victims, visit the VictimLaw and the National Crime Victim Law Institute websites.
You may also visit a state, county, or local law library for legal research assistance.
Additional research assistance may be obtained through the Ask a Law Librarian page on the Library of Congress website.
In response to the threat of computer-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes committed against children, the U.S. Department of Justice implemented the Project Safe Childhood initiative. For additional information, visit the Crime Victimization: Missing and Exploited Children and Crime Victim Services: Helping Children sections of our website.
Nominations for the 2022 National Crime Victims' Service Awards are now closed. For more information about the awards, visit the National Crime Victims' Service Awards site.
Kristina Rose is the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).
The 2021 National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony was held on April 23.
Sign up for the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Subscription List to receive email updates about future National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremonies and other National Crime Victims' Rights Week updates.
Visit the OVC Gallery to view information and watch videos about award recipients from this year and previous years.
The Tribal Resource Tool, a website funded by OVC, provides a searchable map of programs throughout the United States that offer services to American Indian/Alaskan Native crime victims. The Tribal Resource Tool includes services for—
- all ages of American Indian/Alaskan Native survivors and victims;
- all forms of victimization;
- all locations (on or off reservations, in areas that are remote, rural, urban, or suburban); and
- all needs of victims, including justice, safety, healing, and support.