Being a victim of crime and navigating the criminal justice system can be a frightening and confusing experience. But with funding authorized under the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, and through the dedicated efforts of advocates, lawmakers, victim service providers, and allied professionals there is an extensive range of services and resources available to help victims heal and obtain justice.
Numerous government agencies and private nonprofit, faith-based, and charitable organizations throughout the country have programs that provide services to crime victims. Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn more.
Additionally, every U.S. state, the Federal Government, and many tribal jurisdictions have basic statutory rights and protections for victims of crime.
The following resources provide information on rights and services for victims of crime.
Restitution is a court action that requires perpetrators to make financial payments to their victims, usually as a condition of probation or leniency in sentencing. Compensation is provided by the Victim Compensation Program in each State.
For additional information about compensation, view the Victim Compensation section of our website.
Visit our Help for Victims microsite to learn about resources and services for victims of crime.
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.