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Victim compensation eligibility is determined by each State Victim Compensation Program.

For additional information, visit the Victim Compensation section of our website.

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Contact the hotline toll free at 800–656–HOPE or use the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline

For additional information, visit the Sexual Assault section of our website.

When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide, an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention report, contains helpful information for families about what to do when a child is missing.

For additional information, visit the Child and Youth Victimization section of our website.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has created A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping, which provides information about and guidance on what to do if an international parental kidnapping has occurred.

Also, the U.S. Department of State has an International Parental Child Abduction page to assist the parent of an abducted child. Assistance may also be obtained from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

For additional information, visit the Child and Youth Victimization section of our website.

Resources to assist child abduction victims and their families are available on the Missing and Exploited Children section of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention site. For additional information about child abduction, visit the Child and Youth Victimization section of our site.

You can learn about the signs associated with child abuse and neglect by viewing the Child Welfare Information Gateway fact sheet, What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms.

If you need to report a case of suspected child abuse or neglect, each state designates specific agencies to receive and investigate reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. Typically, this responsibility is carried out by Child Protective Services (CPS). For information or assistance with reporting, please call Childhelp® at 800–4–A–CHILD (800–422–4453) or contact your local CPS agency. Additional state contact information is available from the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

The U.S. Department of State's Children's Passport Issuance Alert Program works to prevent international parental child abduction. The program allows parents to register their U.S. citizen children under the age of 18. If a passport application is submitted for that registered child, the U.S. Department of State will contact and alert the parent(s).

To learn more and to register a child, visit the Passport Issuance Alert Program website.

The International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) covers five categories of expenses:

  • Medical expenses.
  • Mental health expenses.
  • Property loss expenses.
  • Funeral and burial expenses.
  • Miscellaneous expenses, such as travel or lodging.

Yes. For each expense category, an individual claim cannot exceed the following amounts:

Medical expenses $50,000
Mental health expenses $5,000 (for each surviving family member)
Property loss expenses $10,000
Funeral and burial expenses $25,000
Miscellaneous expenses $15,000