For immediate victim assistance call 1 800-879-6682
24 hours a day.
resources provide access to free legal council for victims, how to find
victim assistance programs (someone to go with you to court and walk
you through it all), victim compensation information and how to find
out what the laws are in your state.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive
collection and distribution center for information, statistics, and
resources related to sexual violence. It serves as a resource for
state, territory, and tribal anti-sexual assault coalitions, rape
crisis centers, allied organizations, community projects,
policy-makers, government entities, media, educators, health care
providers and others working to address and eliminate sexual assault."
is a forum run by a judge in Georgia and frequented by attorneys in
other states. It might be a good place to ask here. (Like with Yahoo,
you'll need a free membership with Delphi to access this service.)
Another option is checking with your local rape crisis center to see if
you qualify for victims' compensation. This varies from state to state
and there are rules and requirements.
are Crime Victim Services? A variety of programs exist to serve crime
victims and witnesses. The programs are not the same in all
communities, and there may be areas, such as rural communities, where
it may be more difficult to find victim services. Some people have had
a hard time obtaining services, perhaps because the program they
contacted did not have staff that was trained or qualified to provide
individualized services, or for some other reason. A victim who is
turned away or refused crime victim assistance services should contact
the National Organization for Victim Assistance at 800-232-6682 to
report the problem. Most crime victims, with information and
persistence, are likely to be able to find help.
to find help: The easiest way to find a community-based victim
assistance program is to call the National Crime Victim Information and
Referral Hotline, operated by the National Organization for Victim
Assistance. The toll-free number is 800-879-6682 (voice 24 hours a
day; TTY Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time).
assistance services- The most valuable asset of good victim assistance
programs will be their knowledgeable and compassionate staff members,
who often work very hard on behalf of those affected by crime. They
may be called by various titles (victim advocate, victim counselor,
victim specialist, rape crisis counselor, etc.).
phone numbers for crime victim compensation agencies, which can provide
information on applying for reimbursement of certain expenses incurred
by victims or survivors in the aftermath of a crime.
links section supplies the official website of each state. The first
thing to do is click on the state you live in and then click on the
word search and type in rape. You can also find legal information on
your state. Use the search engine and type in rape and laws.
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