Victim Assistance

If a crime has been committed, the victim and/or their family may be entitled to certain rights, information, and resources. These vary by state in the United States.

Not every law enforcement agency has a victim advocate. However, there are victim advocates based in county and community organizations.  Victim advocates can offer professional support to loved ones including crisis intervention. They can provide resources, including referrals to funeral homes, medical treatment, trauma counseling, and state crime victims compensation programs to assist with certain expenses. Victim advocates can also accompany the victim and/or their family through the criminal justice system if a subject is arrested.

Vetted agencies can be found through the Office for Victims of Crime.

Victim Compensation

Victims of crime may be eligible for crime victim compensation benefits, including reimbursement for medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other costs incurred as a result of the crime. Eligibility varies by state and territory. Find a listing of victim compensation programs on the Office for Victims of Crime website.


Victim advocates can:

  • Provide crisis intervention.

  • Assist with resources such as referrals to funeral homes, medical treatment, trauma counseling, and state crime victims compensation programs.

  • Accompany the victim and/or their family through the criminal justice proceedings, if there has been an arrest.