Physical violence is one of the most common forms of trauma experienced by the general population. The impact of violent crime is devastating to victims, their family members, loved ones, and the community.
Although there may never truly be closure or a return to normality for victims and their loved ones, it is critical to help them access the services they need and understand and assert their rights if they are to regain a sense of control. The services and support of victim advocates are important, but victims also need a coordinated effort from multiple disciplines to ensure that they understand and have access to their rights, services, and compensation to which they are entitled.
The following resources provide information on assault and battery.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey Victimization Analysis Tool provides victimization data by victim/offender relationship (stranger vs. non-stranger). Additional information is available on the Stranger and non-stranger crime section of the Bureau of Justice Statistics website.
Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn about resources and services for victims of crime. Assistance may come in the form of financial reimbursement or victim services. Funding support for state assistance and compensation programs comes from the Crime Victims Fund administered by the OVC as authorized by the Victim of Crime Act.
Another source of help is your local victim/witness assistance program. You may contact the VictimConnect helpline by phone at 855–484–2846 or online chat for a referral in your area.
Find out more in this brochure, What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of Crime, which includes a brief overview of OVC, your rights, and where you can get help.