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What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime

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This online brochure was produced by the federal Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to inform crime victims about their rights as crime victims, how they can get help in dealing with needs stemming from their victimization, and what they can do to achieve positive change that improves the treatment of crime victims.
This OVC brochure explains the rights of victims of crime and the compensation and assistance resources available to them. It also lists national organizations that help victims find information or obtain referrals.
Date Created: June 23, 2020