Locate Victim Assistance

Resources for Victims

Victim Assistance Professionals (VAPs) are professionals trained to support victims of crime. VAPs offer a variety of services to victims including information, emotional support and help finding resources and completing paperwork.

It is not possible to list all the agencies providing victim advocacy and assistance.

To locate a VAP, use key words “Victim Assistance (County) (State)” in a search engine.

Victims Compensation

As a victim of crime, you might qualify for financial assistance as a result of your victimization. Crime victims compensation is funded primarily by fees, fines, and assessments paid by convicted criminals, and provides financial assistance to crime victims and their families.

Crime victims compensation is a payer of last resort and what is covered may vary from state to state.

Coverage may include:

  • Medical care
  • Mental health treatment
  • Funerals
  • Lost wages
  • Crime scene clean up
  • Costs associated with travel to receive treatment
  • Moving expenses
  • Housekeeping and child care

Click here to access a list of links to the Websites of state crime victims compensation programs. You can find out specific information about each program's benefits, requirements, and procedures from clicking on the links.

To locate nonemergency crime victim services provided by not-for-profit programs and public agencies, click here.

Disaster Distress Helpline

1.800.985.5990

www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline