Resources for Victims of Crime

Websites and articles for people looking for help related to abuse and other crimes.

If you think or know that someone has committed a crime against you or someone you care about, you might be looking for guidance. On this page, you'll find links to organizations that assist victims and articles that explain potentially relevant areas of law.

If, at any time, you feel that you are in immediate danger, call 911. If you're not currently experiencing an emergency, you can reach out to your local police department to report a crime or get help. If you're being treated for injuries resulting from an assault, you can tell a medical professional that you want to report a crime

Articles on Victims' Rights and Options

We have several articles that discuss the law as it applies to victims or potential victims of crime. One or more of the pieces here might offer insight into the circumstances you or someone you care about face. To help you find articles relevant to your situation, we've organized them by issue area. Use the click-down arrows to find links to relevant articles. To jump down to the list of organizations that assist victims, click here.

Organizations and Websites That Can Help Victims

Some organizations and government units exist to help victims of abuse and other crimes, both short- and long-term. These resources can be the best way for people to find assistance. Consider whether any of the websites listed here might apply to your situation, and note that some of them offer immediate help, like a hotline number to call. These are mostly national organizations, but they can often connect you with local resources. You might also be able to find state or local resources through an internet search.

Organization Overview
The National Center for Victims of Crime "[W]e remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims' rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives. … Rather than focus the entire organization's work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime." (Office for Victims of Crime) "Designed for three audiences—crime victims, volunteers, and victim service providers— provides a wealth of resources for each, including links to websites, publications, databases, and hotlines. … If you or someone you know needs victim assistance, find out how to get help... ."
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) "Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing. ... We advocate for victims by connecting them with services and resources."
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) "RAINN ... is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline ... in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense." RAINN also has information for LGBTQ victims of sexual and other forms of violence.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline "[P]rovides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to The Hotline ... can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information, educational services, and referral services in more than 200 languages. … We also provide support to friends and family members who are concerned about a loved one." "We make finding the right shelter and information about domestic violence easier. Instead of searching the Internet, it is all right here. We've painstakingly verified information on shelters in LA to shelters in NY, and every domestic violence program in between. If you or a friend is suffering from physical abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse or verbal abuse, this free service can help."
National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards "Crime victim compensation programs across the country offer financial assistance to victims of violence. This [website] provides information on how [state] programs operate and what victims can do to seek help."
National Human Trafficking Hotline "The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages."
Immigration Advocates Network "The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) ... is dedicated to expanding access to immigration legal resources and information ... Use the options below to search for immigration legal services providers by state, county, or detention facility. Only nonprofit organizations that provide free or low-cost immigration legal services are included in this directory."

National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

"The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment." The NCEA has resources and information for help with abuse.

Prevent Child Abuse America

A 501(c)3 organization "dedicated to promoting services that improve child well-being in all 50 states and developing programs that help to prevent all types of abuse and neglect." The organization lists emergency contacts for child abuse and related issues.
Stomp Out Bullying "STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S. … The STOMP Out Bullying™ Live HelpChat Line is a free and confidential help chat for kids and teens over the age of 13. It is intended to assist those who are victims of all forms of bullying and those who may be at risk for suicide as a result of being bullied."
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline "The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness."