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International Campaign Against Honour Killings: International Campaign Against Honour Killing (ICAHK) is an international, independent and non-government network that aims to raise an international awareness about the issue of violence against women, in particular honour killing; also to build a strong network within women’s rights movements, organizations and individuals around the world to put an end to "honour" crimes. Their site includes news releases from around the world, reports on legislation, advocacy, an international support directory, and public discussion areas.
International Organization for Victim Assistance: IOVA promotes and establishes partnerships with non-governmental organizations, grassroots organizations, and government institutions throughout the world. Partners work with IOVA to provide services to victims and survivors, to promote public awareness of victim issues, to provide training and education, as well as to promote public policy change. IOVA will provide expert consultants or trainers to partners based on yearly action plans. Partners are expected to provide support to IOVA activities in their respective countries. Such support may include housing, transportation, translators or guides, reproduction of training or public awareness materials, meeting rooms, and training equipment
Angelhands: Provides information, peer support, advocacy and referral for victims of crime in Western Australia.
Commissioner for Victim Rights South Australia: A large and detailed site, supplying reference information on all aspects of victimization, support groups, victim compensation, as well as link directories leading to both national and international resources.
Enough is Enough: This is an anti-violence group which provides counselling to victims of crime, support at victim-offender conferences, court support, as well as other educational violence prevention programs.
HVSG - Homicide Victims' Support Group Australia:The purpose of this group is to provide support, counselling and information for families and friends affected by homicide in NSW. HVSG has three main aims:To provide support, information and counseling for families and friends affected by the murder of a loved one; To educate the general community and professional bodies about the needs of people affected by homicide and to increase effective communication between all parties that come into contact with families of homicide victims, thus promoting understandinl To promote the interests and rights of families of homicide victims, lobbying for legislative change wherever inequities or loopholes exist.
Justice Tasmania Victim Assistance Unit: This organization provides counselling, advocacy, compensation information and is in the process of developing an offender registry database that will allows victims to access information about offenders’ location and progress in the prison system.
Northern Territories Department of Public Prosecutions Victim Support: Providing support, counselling, referral, advocacy and information to victims, their site provides background, program and service details, along with links to victim compensation, victim impact statements and directories of other services.
Queensland Homicide Victim Support Group: This group seeks to provide peer support, help, love and understanding to victims of homicide and to create awareness of the needs of homicide victims through education and reform.
Victim Assist Queensland: Victim Assist (referred to during the consultation period as the Victim Financial Assistance and Services Scheme or VFASS) will focus on victim recovery by paying for, or reimbursing the costs of goods and services that the victim requires to help them recover from the physical and psychological effects of the crime. Victim Assist will mark a significant change of focus from criminal compensation to financial assistance and support for victims.
Victim Support Agency: An office of the Victoria Department of Justice, their site supplies: detailed background and service information; contact information for regional offices, examples of situations victims may find themselves in and how the VSA can help; extensive links to regional victim services and more.
Victim Support Australasia: VSA exists to advance the interests of people victimised by crime and encourage the development of support services throughout Australasia, whilst striving towards a crime free society. VSA is a national umbrella organization whose members comprise the nation's leading victim service and assistance agencies.
Victim Support Service Inc. of South Australia: An extensive site with a very complete listing of services, online articles and factsheets, links and resources of use to both victims of crime and professionals.
Victims of Crime Assistance League NSW: he Victims of Crime Assistance League Inc NSW is a generalist, broad-based victim support agency that offers practical guidance and support to victims and others harmed by violent crime, through any stage of life affected by crime and its impacts.
Victims of Crime Advice and Information - New South Wales: Extensive information on and for victims, dealing with advocacy, support, counselling, victim rights, victim impact statements, compensation, and much more.
Victims of Crime Western Australia: This website is an initiative of the Victims of Crime Reference Group and the State Government. It is designed to help victims of crime, their families and others by providing answers to the most commonly asked questions and issues encountered.
Victoria Homicide Victims Support Group: VHVSG offers immediate support, assistance and advocacy to families and friends of homicide victims. They strive to help survivors with a program designed to: cope with the grief and trauma; to help seek justice for their loved ones; and to help survivors rebuild their lives.
Western Australia Attorney General's Victim Support Service: Victim Support Service offers confidential counselling and support services to victims of crime in this region. Of particular interest is their Child Witness Service, which provides free emotional support and practical preparation for children under 18 years of age who are to give evidence to a court. The children involved can be victims or witnesses to any criminal charge, in any court. This includes the Magistrates Court, Children's Court, District Court or Supreme Court.
The White Ring - Wessier Ring: The Austrian branch of this service, with detailed links and information for this country and related services.
Available in German only.
Aide e reclasment A.S.B.L: A social service agency which provides support and counseling for victims of crime, prisoners, litigants and their families. Available in French only. Google Translate: French to English approximate site translation
Services d’Aide aux Victimes (S.A.V.): Services for Victims (VAS) is recognized and subsidized by the communities and regional goverments of Belgium. They provide professional assistance to all victims of crimes, or acts which are classified as offences. There are 14 French Community Services for Victims in operation. Available in French only. Google Translate: French to English approximate site translation
Steunpunt Algemeen Welzijnswerk: Slachtoffer-Hulp Flanders Center for General Welfare: Help for Victims, Flanders (Dutch only): Assistance for victims of crime and tragedgy. A regional contact directory of offices is available. Available in Dutch only. Google Translate: Dutch to English approximate site translation
Welzijn en Justitie: Slachtofferhulp Welfare and Justice's Victim Services (Dutch only): Offering assistance to victims of crime. On their website you will also find contact addresses for regional victim service centres. Available in Dutch only. Google Translate: Dutch to English approximate site translation
NATIONAL OFFICE FOR VICTIMS 1-866-525-0554
National Victim Service Directory: Hosted and maintained by Canada's Policy Centre for Victim Issues, this site allows you to search for direct service agencies in all Provinces and Territories.
Canadian Crime Victim Foundation: This organization is dedicated to: crime victim support and positive change to victim services and legislation; providing "client centered" support services to victims of crime; providing services and personal support as well as sensitive timely responses to clients needs to the victim and also to similar agencies; removing linguistic, financial, physical, social or cultural barriers to provide more equal access for people of all abilities.
Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime : Sponsored by the Canadian Professional Police Association, the CRCVC provides a number of services for victims of crime, including: victim advocacy at all levels, providing information resources on a wide variety of issues of interest or need to victims, to promote public safety and to act as an information clearinghouse on criminal justice issues in Canada.
Department of Justice Canada - Policy Centre for Victim's Issues: The Canadian federal government's homepage for victims of crime. Through this page you can: access the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime; read statements from Canada's Minister of Justice; examine various proposed, in process or finished legislation of interest to advocates, victimologists, criminologists and victims of crime; get information on how to report crime, how to file a victim impact statement and how to seek restitution. Finally, a short list of links to national and international victim assistance organizations is also available.
Directory of Diplomatic Representatives in Canada: A very useful directory containing contact information for over 150 foreign embassies in Canada, should your program need to contact a foreign government representative.
Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime: The mandate of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime relates exclusively to matters of federal responsibility and includes:
- facilitating access of victims to existing federal programs and services by providing them with information and referrals;
- addressing complaints of victims about compliance with the provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that apply to victims of offenders under federal supervision and providing an independent resource for those victims;
- enhancing awareness among criminal justice personnel and policy makers of the needs and concerns of victims and the applicable laws that benefit victims of crime, including to promote the principles set out in the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime; and
- identifying emerging issues and exploring systemic issues that impact negatively on victims of crime.
MADD Canada Victim Services: An extensive website with many online publications, links of interest, online tributes to victims, as well as training information.
The Doe Network: The Doe Network is a volunteer organization devoted to assisting law enforcement in solving cold cases concerning unexplained disappearances and unidentified victims from North America, Australia and Europe. Their mission to give the nameless back their names and return the missing to their families. This agency hopes to assist in solving these cases by giving the cases exposure on their website, by having volunteers search for clues on these cases as well as making possible matches between missing and unidentified persons and lastly through attempting to get media exposure for these cases that need and deserve it.
Victims of Violence / Canadian Centre for Missing Children: VoV oversees a number of projects, acts in advocacy and is active in referring victims to appropriate services. Their Centre for Missing Children is recognized by the RCMP Missing Children Registry. Links leading to online publications, auto-fax lines and research papers are available.
Victims Matter: The Governement of Canada's Victim information site, with information on how to contact appropriate assistance and service agencies across Canada
Alberta Police Based Victim Services Association: The Alberta Police-based Victim Services Association is a strong vibrant community representing over 100 Victim Service programs throughout the Province of Alberta. The Board of Directors of the Association is composed of a representative from each of the twelve regions in Alberta: Calgary City, Calgary Region, Central Region, Edmonton City, Edson Region, Lethbridge City, Lethbridge Region, Medicine Hat City, Morinville Region, Peace River Region, Red Deer City and St Paul Region.
Alberta Solicitor General's Victims of Crime: Information of all types for crime victims in this province.
Bow Valley Victim Services Association: Serving the residents and visitors of Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, Harvie Heights, Exshaw, Lac des Arcs and Kananaskis Country, The Bow Valley Victim Services Association promotes and advocates the rights and entitlements of victims of crime and tragedy through information, referral, support, assistance, community liaison and education.
Hanna Detachment RCMP Victim Services: Serving the communities of Drumheller, Hanna and Oyen, this page gives background on the program, as well as telephone contact information.
Victims of Homicide: Families Coping with Death by Violence: Victims of Homicide Support Society of Edmonton is a self-help group designed to offer emotional support and information about surviving the loss of a loved one to murder. The group provides ongoing emotional support to help parents and other survivors deal with the pain of their loss and rebuild their lives.
BC Association of Specialized Victim Service and counselling Programs: The Association provides a provincial voice for survivors of violence and the community-based services that support them. They maintain a strong network between Community-Based Victim Assistance programs, Sexual Assault Centres and Stopping the Violence counselling programs across BC. They have also established important links with government, policy makers, legislators and other provincial organizations.
Greater Victoria Victim Services: Greater Victoria area police departments and RCMP detachments provide support services to residents of Victoria, the Western Communities and Sidney, through the Greater Victoria Victim Services Program. Their site contains general and regional service information and contact numbers, as well as presenting details on trauma, support groups and crime victim compensation.
Ministry of the Attorney General Victim Services: Extensive online directories leading to all types of crime victim services, compensation information and online claim forms, a description of the provincial "Victims of Crime" act and other pending legislation, as well as links to information useful to crime victims.
Mission RCMP Victim Services: This site presents a fairly detailed explanation of their services, including victim rights and court process, as well as a listing of local programs, links of interest and contact information.
Mosaic Multicultural Victim Support Services Program: Based in Vancouver, the Multicultural Victim Support Services Program, funded by Public Safety and the Solicitor General, is designed to offer a wide range of support to immigrants and refugees who must cope not only with the expected challenges of living in a new country but also with the trauma of surviving a crime such as torture. This program places an emphasis on cultural sensitivity and service in the client's mother tongue.
Police Victim Services of British Columbia: The home page for an umbrella organization for city police-based victim service programs in this province.
Vancouver VISAC & TASA Victim Support Services: Serving the Vancouver and Richmond areas, they offer support and information to children and adolescents who have been sexually/physically abused and their non-offending family members, where criminal charges against the offender are anticipated or have been laid. The program also works with children and youth witnesses of crime and provides information and support to adult survivors of child sexual/physical abuse.
West Vancouver Police Victim Assistance Program: This site provides program, service and contact information, as well as practical information for victims an a telephone directory of victim services in this region.
Manitoba Justice Victims of Crime: Extensive links to online brochures and documents on issues of interest of crime victims in this province.
Manitoba Organization of Victim Advocates: This organization supplies education, victim support and referral, court accompaniment and much more.
Newfoundland and Labrador Victim Services : These pages give basic contact information for all Victim Service offices in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Department of Justice Victim Services: Contact information for victim service programs throughout the region
Community Justice Program, Department of Justice: The Community Justice Program has the responsibility to promote community justice, family abuse intervention and victim services development, including the promotion and establishment of programs to prevent crime within communities, through greater community participation and control.Ontario
Caledon-Dufferin Victim Services: Serving the counties of Caledon and Dufferin, this service's site offers detailed background, program and service information.
Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture: Located in Toronto, the CCVT provides a link between the survivor of torture and a network of professional services which includes doctors, lawyers, social service workers and volunteers. They have several programs operating, including physical and psychological treatment programs, language classes and support groups.
Kawartha/Haliburton Victim Services: Background and service information is provided.
Larnark County Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service (VCARS): A community and volunteer based crisis response program that provides a variety of immediate, short-term crisis intervention services to persons affected by crime, tragic circumstance and disaster.
Muskoka Victim Services: Muskoka Victim Services is a non-profit community based organization working in partnership with police and emergency services to meet the short term needs of victims of crime and tragic circumstances by providing emotional support, practical assistance and referrals to community resources.
North Bay Police Victim/Witness Assistance Programs: This service provides both victim/witness assistance and VCARS crisis services for victims of crime.
Ontario Office for Victims of Crime: The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is a permanent advisory agency for the provincial Attorney General on ways to ensure that the principles set out in the Victims’ Bill of Rights are respected. The OVC also offers advice with respect to: the development, implementation and maintenance of provincial standards for services for victims of crime; the use of the Victims' Justice Fund to provide and improve services for victims of crime; research and education on the treatment of victims of crime and ways to prevent further victimization; matters of legislation and policy on the treatment of victims of crime and on the prevention of further victimization. To obtain more information, call 416-326-1682.
Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Victim Services: This site supplies extensive background information on crime victim as well as victim/witness support, how to apply for victim compensation, domestic violence and sexual assault programs, victim information sources and public education on victim issues.
Peterborough/Northumberland Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service: A nicely designed site which supplies service and contact information, along with describing volunteer opportunities.
Sioux Lookout / Lac Seul Victim Support Service (Ah-shawah-bin)
Thunder Bay and Area Victim Services: Supplying contact, background and service information, as well as links to regional emergency and support services.
Victim Services of Peel: Located in the Toronto region, this organization's site provides program, service and contact information, as well as supplying sections on volunteering and links of interest.
Victim Services of Sarnia-Lambton: This site presents an overview of their services, including services to victims of specific types of crimes, as well as background and contact information.
Victim Services of Toronto: This service's website provides full information on their organization, background and programs
Victim Services Wellington: A description of this programs background and essential services.
Victim Services of Windsor and Essex County: Basic background and contact information.
Windsor Police Victim Assistance: This site includes local, regional and provincial referrals for services, as well as service and contact information.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island Victim Services: This contains information useful to many different crime victims and survivors.
Aide légale Violence et Aide aux victimes: Links to legal and victim aide and support services in Quebec and region.
Crime Victim Assistance Centres - Centres d'aide aux victimes d'actes criminels (CAVAC): A major source of information and resources for victims of crime in Quebec. The site includes a directory of crime victims service centres in this province, descriptions of victim rights, recourses and links to other sources. Regional office links include:
l’Association des Familles de Personnes Assassinées ou Disparues: The Murdered or Missing Persons' Families' Association (MMPFA), is a family advocacy association that represents the families of victims and offers them support and advice. The association was created for families whose loved ones have been murdered or are missing.
L'Association québécoise Plaidoyer-Victimes: Quebec's victim advocacy and assistance organization.
Saskatchewan Justice's Victim Services: The homepage for this provincial service, here you'll find service and contact information, details of victim support and victim compensation, a directory of provincial victim service organizations and a short list of relevant links.
Government of the Yukon Victim Services: The second entry on this provincial government directory page, which supplies telephone, fax and land address information.
Víctimas de la Delincuencia (Victims of Crime): The national victims of crime advocacy organization in this country.
Note: This site is available in Spanish only. Google Translation: Spanish to English approximate site translation
Links in English lead to English language pages. Google Translate: Czech to English approximate site translation
Offerrådgivningens / Victim Counseling Service Denmark: This national service, working through local police agencies, provides assistance to victims of crime and violence, including: Access to the mechanisms of justice and to fair treatment; Compensation from the offender; Compensation from the State; Material, medical, psychological and social assistance through governmental, voluntary and community-based bodies.
Links in English lead to English language pages, unless othewise noted. If you wish, you can used the free Google Translate: Danish to English service to render an approximate translation of their site.
Victim Support Europe: Formely known as the European Forum for Victim Services, this organization was founded in 1990 by all the national organizations in Europe working for victims of crime. The European Forum is in consultative status with the Council of Europe and the UN. The Forum exists to:
- Promote the development of effective services for victims of crime throughout Europe
- Promote fair and equal compensation for victims of crime throughout Europe, regardless of the nationality of the victim concerned
- Promote the rights of victims of crime in Europe in their involvement in the criminal justice system and with other agencies
- Exchange experience and information between member organizations to share best practices and knowledge.
Rikosuhripäivystys Victim Support Finland: This service offers practical advice and psychological support to victims of crimes and those closest to them. This web site offers extensive service information, as well as providing contact addresses.
Links in English lead to English language pages.
Aide aux Parents d'Enfants Victimes Aid for Parents of Child Victims: APEV is an advocacy and support organization for the parents of child victims. Their services include: support and trauma assistance, court accompaniment, advocating for survivor and child rights, public education on children's and parent's rights in the court, helping to locate missing children. Google Translate: French to English approximate translation
Associations et services d'aide aux victimes du réseau de l'Institut National d'Aide aux Victimes et de Médiation - INAVEM INAVEM - Assistance Services and Organizations for Victims through the network of the National Institute of Assistance to Victims and Mediation : Posted on France's Ministry of Justice website, this contact map can direct you to the nearest victim service office of the INAVEM. Just click on the region you're interested in to be given contact information.
Le Journal International de Victimologie: An online journal of scientific victimology. Google Translate: French to English approximate site translation
Victim Assistance Paris (L'aide aux victimes, Consiel Departemental de Acces Droit de Paris): Victim services in the Paris region, including criminal injuries compensation information.
Note: These pages are mostly written in French; links in English lead to English language pages. Google Translate: French to English approximate site translation
Weisser Ring The White Ring Germany : The WHITE RING e.V. is a German non-profit association for the support of crime victims. It was created 1976; it's aims are to render aid to victims of crime, to work to improve the criminal justice system and to prevent crime. At present (4/99) the association counts almost 70,000 members and maintains about 400 branch offices within Germany It provides victims with: assistance and personal care for crime victims; assistance in handling authorities (eg, requests after the victim compensation law (OEG) or requests to help calculate expenses); financial support in states of distress; recovery and support programs for the victims and their families; referrals to other organizations.
Links in English lead to English pages. Google Translate: German to English approximate site translation
National Association for Victims of Crime and Surviving Families 全国犯罪被害者の会: A victim rights and support organization.
National Police Service - Police Support for Crime Victims: A detailed handbook in English on services for crime victims in Japan, on victim compensation, the court system, and support organizations.
Most links in English lead to pages which are rendered into approximate translations from Japanese via Google Translate. Links in Japanese will lead to the original source. Due to the heavy use of graphics for link titles, which the software cannot translate, it may be difficult to navigate many of the sites. Those listed above use fewer graphics, and list multiple link indexes to other Japanese National Police Organization Victim Services centers, National Association for Victims of Crime member sites, and other unaffilated victim support services.
Victim Support Malta: A newly formed national victim assistance agency organized through their Criminal Justice Bureau, recently accepted into the European Forum for Victim Services. Extensive information on services, events, research and links to regional and European sites of interest to crime victims are available.
Slachtofferhulp Nederland: Victim Support Netherlands: Support for victims of crime and tragedy in the Netherlands.
This site is available in Dutch only. Google Translate: Dutch to English approximate site translation
Soprotivlenie (Resistance): This is the home page for this national victim assistance organization.
Available in Russian only. Google Translate: Russian to English approximate site translation
Pomoc Obetiam Nasilia: This is the home page for this national victim assistance organization. Detailed information on programs, projects and services is available.
Note: Links in English lead to English language pages.
Asociacion Nacional de Victimas de Delitos Violentos - National Association of Victims of Violent Crimes: A non-profit entity, it was established with the purpose of asserting and defending the rights of victims of violent crime. The organization supplies legal advice, advocacy and emtional support and treatment.
Fundación de Victimología: The Victimology Foundation of Spain is a national organization which works to promote academic research, legislative advocacy and practical assistance for victims of crime within Spain, and provides helpful information for Spanish-speaking victims of crime around the globe. Google Translate: Spanish to English approximate site translation
These pages are in Spanish.
Brottsofferjourernas Riksförbund (Swedish Association for Victim Support): The association's homepage, with background and contact information, in Swedish. Google Translate: Swedish to English approximate site translation
Brottsoffermyndighetens Umea (Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority): The information provided on this page is in Swedish, but they do provide online information pamphlets (Adobe Acrobat files) in a variety of languages, including English.
Government of Switzerland Victim Support: Information and links to contact services for victims of crime in Switzerland, as well as Swiss nationals who become victims of crime abroad.
Weisser Ring The White Ring Switzerland: The homepage for Switzerland's national victim assistance organization.
These pages are presently only in German. Google Translate: German to English approximate site translation
Are You OK?: Victim Support UK's site for child and young adult victims and witnesses.
Child Victims of Crime: The purpose of this UK police charitable organization is to: "...relieve poverty, sickness, trauma and the distress arising there from among children resident in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man who have suffered the same as a result of any criminal offence committed by any person or through any means whatsoever. To promote children's health and welfare, encourage their social inclusion and community involvement and to seek to develop their personal safety."
Home Office's Victims of Crime: This government agency is responsible for issues relating to procedures in the criminal courts, and for policy relating to victims of crime (including compensation for victims) and funding of the Victim Support organization. Included on this site are links leading to important documents and online pamphlets of interest to victim support workers and crime victims.
Victim Support UK: This site is the national organization's homepage. From here information of many kinds can be accessed, from victim compensation to support contacts, including link directories leading to contact information on the over 300 local Victim Support offices around the UK.
Commission for Victims and Survivors: An advisory commission on victims and survivors of the Troubles.
Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime: The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime is an independent body which operates under the aegis of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. Its functions are: * To assist in the development, with the Victims of Crime Office, of strategies and policies to support victims of crime with a view to improving cohesion and consistency of service and information available to victims of crime. * To provide financial assistance to voluntary bodies that support victims of crime. * To take account of the views of victims in the formulation of strategies and policies through the Victims of Crime Consultative Forum. * To develop strong links with Government Departments and agencies of the criminal justice system, in the interest of victims of crime. * To co-operate with Cosc and the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit in particular. * To promote co-operation and co-ordination between the organisations it funds and State Agencies and between the funded organisations themselves. * To encourage the provision of services for victims of crime in all areas of the country. * To keep informed of international developments in relation to victims of crime. * To work in association with the Victims of Crime Office. * To keep under review the effectiveness of the Victims Charter. * To promote awareness of the services available to victims of crime. * To carry out research to support its mission.
Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS): The Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) is a free nationwide service offering support and assistance to tourists who are victimised while visiting Ireland. The service is run by staff and volunteers who speak a variety of languages. ITAS acts as a base where problems facing a tourist in the aftermath of a crime can be addressed promptly with the view to getting holiday plans back on track.
Support after Homicide Ireland: This is a national voluntary organisation which provides emotional support and practical information to people whose lives have been affected by homicide. Their services include: Emotional Support; Practical Information; One to one support; Family support; Support Groups; Group therapy.
Victims of Crime Office: The core mandate of the Victims of Crime Office is to improve the continuity and quality of services to victims of crime, by state agencies and non-governmental organisations throughout the country. It works to support the development of competent, caring and efficient services to victims of crime.
Victim Support Scotland: The homepage for Scotland's Victim Support services. Links from this page lead to information on the program and available services, contact information for Victim Support schemes in other countries, and the 15 page draft of the Scottish Victim Rights manifesto drawn up and presented to the Scottish Parliament.
Abuse Victim Hotline: The Abuse Victim Hotline, Inc. offers preliminary support to victims of abuse nationally via their toll-free hotline and confidential email service. If their volunteers cannot help a victim or friend/loved one of a victim directly, they'll do their best to point them in the right direction.
EDAN - Everyone Deserves a Name: This organization provides the voluntary services of 19 certified forensic artists to help law enforcement agencies in identifying John/Jane Does by recreating the deceased's face. This organization will only accept requests from law enforcement agencies.
FBI Office for Victim Assistance: The mission of the Office for Victim Assistance (OVA) is to ensure that victims of crimes investigated by the FBI are afforded the opportunity to receive the services and notification as required by federal law. The FBI recognizes not only the necessity of providing for the legal rights of victims but the benefits that effective and timely victim assistance brings to investigations.
Joint Center for Violence and Victim Studies: The JCVVS is an interdisciplinary university affiliation between California State University at Fresno and Washburn University, Kansas. The Center's mission is to address issues of violence and victimization through education, research and public policy initiatives.
Justice Solutions: Justice Solutions is a national non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing rights, resources and respect for victims and communities hurt by crime; enhancing governmental and societal responses to crime and its consequences on individuals and communities; and strengthening crime prevention initiatives in America. A resource for victim advocates, by victim advocates.
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Victim Services: Support and assistance services to survivors of loss, as well as suggestions for advocacy.
National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators: The national organization of Victim of Crime Act grant administrators.
National Center for Missing Adults: The National Center for Missing Adults (NCMA) is a nonprofit agency providing nationwide assistance to law enforcement and families of missing persons. The group provides a variety of services including advocacy, search assistance, national distribution of information related to missing persons and various programs addressing child safety such as the child ID program. It acts as a clearinghouse of information and does not provide investigative services or employ private investigators.
National Center for Victims of Crime: Many links to crime-specific pages and large amounts of resource material on and for victims of crime, victim's rights advocacy and support, as well as national and state laws/programs.
National Crime Victim Law Institute: The National Crime Victim Law Institute, established in 2000, is a non-profit research and educational organization at Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon. NCVLI is the only national organization in the country working to assert victims’ rights in criminal trial courts. In addition to its teaching mission, NCVLI performs a number of critical functions. It: maintains and disseminates a resource bank of crime victim law; it assists attorneys who provide direct legal services to crime victims; it works to establish legal clinics nationwide to represent victims in court; and it files amicus briefs advocating for crime victims’ rights in the courts
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA): A victim's rights advocacy and emergency counselling organization, NOVA is a pioneer in the field of victim-assistance and has a number of manuals available on creating a local victim-assistance program and training volunteers. It's site contains excellent information on crime, safety and psychological trauma, and links to many related pages. NOVA, while a US organization, is becoming an agency of international scope.
National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs): The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is the first national repository for missing persons and unidentified decedent records. Unidentified decedents are people who have died and whose bodies have not been identified. NamUs consists of two databases that anyone can search. The Justice Department hopes that law enforcement officials and the public will use the databases to share information to solve cases.
Office for Victim's of Crime Homepage (US Dept. of Justice): Possibly the single best source for information directly relating to Victim Assistance and the people who work in this field. Their links to victim assistance and compensation programs is very useful.
Outpost for Hope: This organization seeks to bridge the gap between under-represented missing, unidentified deceased persons, and their families. This population often includes the homeless, runaways and others forgotten by society. They assist families who are searching for their lost loved ones, support the efforts of law enforcement, and educate the public about this silent epidemic.
Parents of Murdered Children (US National): POMC provides: ongoing emotional support; support in dealing with the criminal justice system; assistance to any survivor and will, if possible, link that survivor with others in the same vicinity who have survived their loved one's murder; individual assistance, support and advocacy; training to professionals in such fields as law enforcement, mental health, social work, community services, law, criminal justice, medicine, education, religion, the media and mortuary science, who are interested in learning more about survivors of homicide victims and the aftermath of murder.
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors: TAPS is a non-profit organization made up of, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one on active duty with the Armed Forces. The heart of TAPS is the US national military survivor peer support network. They also offer grief counselling referral, case worker assistance and crisis information, all available to help families and military personnel cope and recover.
US Office for Victims of Crime Directory of Crime Victim Services: The OVC's new online Directory of Crime Victim Services at http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/findvictimservices designed to help victim service providers and individuals locate assistance quickly and easily. Find crime victim services in your state, across the country, or around the globe. Add your victim-focused program today!
Victim and Witness Assistance Council - US Dept. of Defense: Resources and information for those serving in the military, and their families.
Victim Services 2000: The 1996 US OVC program plan announced Victim Services 2000, a strategy to support communities in implementing comprehensive, collaborative services for all crime victims in a victim-centered environment. During the first year, sites are to conduct a thorough assessment to identify existing service needs and develop a community-specific plan or model. In subsequent years, sites will implement their plan, then assume the role of serving as "laboratories" to mentor other communities committed to establishing similar victim-centered systems. Sites will serve as "proving grounds" for OVC training projects and incorporate "promising practices" identified by OVC grant projects.
Huntsville Family Services Homicide Survivor Program: The Homicide Survivors Program (HSP) supports families and friends who have lost their loved ones to murder and vehicular homicide. HSP's mission is to identify those survivors who are in need of practical intervention and support following the murder of a loved one and to provide assistance to them. Not only does HSP help survivors with their acute grief, but assistance is also provided regarding the operation of the criminal justice system.
Arizona Crime Victims: Extensive information on state victim services, victim rights, the criminal justice system, victim compensation, a listing of victim service offices by region, as well as very useful resources for victim service agencies on funding and non-profit management.
Arizona Voice for Crime Victims: The mission of Arizona Voice for Crime Victims is to ensure that crime victims receive their rights to justice, due process and dignified treatment throughout the criminal justice process.
Arkansas Crime Information Center Victim Information: ACIC is the state agency responsible for providing information technology services to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies in Arkansas. The principal role of ACIC is the administration of a comprehensive data system that is accessible by criminal justice agencies in over 250 locations in Arkansas. This state system is interfaced with the FBI National Crime Information Center, as well as similar systems in the other 49 states. ACIC also collects and publishes statistics on crime, manages the crime victim notification system, and the state sex offender registry.
Joint Center for Violence and Victim Studies: The JCVVS is an interdisciplinary university affiliation between California State University at Fresno and Washburn University, Kansas. The Center's mission is to address issues of violence and victimization through education, research and public policy initiatives.
Loved Ones Victim Services: Started as a support group to help one another with the grief and trauma associated with homicide, Loved Ones Victim Services expanded its outreach to provide specialized case management to children. LOVS addresses the cycle of violence in the Los Angeles area through intervention and prevention programs aimed at supporting the co-victims of violent crime.
Victims of Crime Resource Center: The Victims of Crime Resource Center has operated the State of California's toll-free 1-800-VICTIMS line since 1984. McGeorge students, under attorney supervision, provide information and referral statewide to victims, their families, victim service providers, and victim advocates.
Arvada Police Victim Services: Program service and contact information, plus information on victim compensation and restitution.
Boulder Police Victim Services: On this site you'll find service and program descriptions, contact information and links to a variety of services of interest to victims of crime in this city.
Clear Creek County Advocates: Detailed service and contact information is provided, as well as resources for a variety of victimizations.
Colorado Office for Victims Programs: The state victim service organization, this site deals with all victim issues including victim compensation, links to other state and national organizations and also has online reporting forms.
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance: The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) is a statewide membership organization committed to addressing the needs of all victim's of crime by providing support and education for the individuals, systems, agencies, and communities that serve them in such a way as to honor and preserve diverse backgrounds. Information on conferences, legislation and state activities can be found here.
Denver Police Department Cold Case Victim Assistance Unit: Cold Case" is a term used to describe unresolved cases. This happens when all leads have been exhausted and have resulted in no suspects. With the recent developments in DNA technology, detectives are able to reevaluate past cases and discover new leads. The Crimes Against Persons Bureau of the Denver Police Department has created Cold Case Investigations Units within the Homicide and Sexual Assault Units where dedicated and experienced detectives are assigned, full-time, to investigating cold case coincides and sexual assaults. The Victim Assistance Unit, working closely with these detectives, has created a Cold Case Program employing a full-time Cold Case Victim Specialist which appears to be the only program of its kind in the nation.
Denver Victims Service Center: The DVSC web site provides quite detailed information on their programs and services, including support groups and other other specialized services, as well as presenting background on emotional trauma and crime prevention. This site is part of the Victim Services 2000 project.
Delaware Victim Center: Extensive background and contact information for all government and law enforcement victim services in this state.
Department of Juvenile Justice Victim Services: Victims of juvenile crime in Florida have basic rights to be informed, to request restitution and services and to have input into the case of the juvenile who perpetrated the crime. Extensive detail on victim rights, services and contact information for DOJJ Victim Service offices throughout the state is provided.
Florida Highway Patrol Victim Advocate Office: The Patrol's web page provides information on this program's background, details of victim's rights in Florida, a short set of links to national victim resources, as well as contact information for several police detachments.
Florida Victim Services Professional Development Program: Established by the Florida Office of the Attorney General, the VSPDP offers Florida accreditation for the following areas/courses:
- Victim Services Practitioner
- Law Enforcement and Victim at the Crime Scene
- Victim Advocacy Training
Justice Coalition: This regional organization works to provide direct services to victims of crime, to advocate for victims rights and the prevention of crime, and to provide public education on all of the above.
Palm Beach County Victim Services: Telephone contact numbers for six regional offices within this county.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Victim Assistance Program: Detailed contact, program and service information is provided, as well as directories of regional services, support groups, victims rights information and a variety of online educational material on victims and victimization.
Victim Advocacy Center: This web site is intended to provide up-to-date information about victimization to individuals across the globe. It is a service of the Victim Advocacy Center at Florida International University in Miami, which was established with the mission to provide support services to victims & survivors of crime and abuse, and to increase awareness of violence and victimization in the South Florida community. Links to many resources for crime victims are available at this site.
Crime Victims Advocacy Council: CVAC, Inc. is an advocacy and support organization. It is composed of volunteers from all walks of life, such as persons of faiths, criminal justice professionals, attorneys, and other interested people from the community. They offer support groups for victims and survivors, advocacy and works to motivate community involvement.
Georgia.gov Victim's Assistance: A government reference site with links leading to a wide variety of corrections, criminal justice and victim assistance sites, organizations and services.
Ada County Sheriff’s Victim-Witness Services: Background and service information is provided, along with links to a few resources of interest and a telephone directory of emergency services in this county.
Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance: A nicely organized general reference for victim assistance specialists and victims of crime to resources in this state.
Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Victim Services: The Victim Services Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute provides a variety of programs geared toward helping victims and those who assist them, including advocacy, crime victim compensation, grants and statistical information.
PREVAIL - Victim Awareness and Support Program of Hamilton County: This service seeks to provide advocacy, awareness and expanded support services to victims of crime and individuals and families in crisis. Their site provides information on their background, policies and programs, as well as presenting detailed information on their support groups and coming events.
Iowa's Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division: This division operates a variety of financial programs, including crime victim compensation, sexual assault examination and victim assistance program grants.
Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division Victim Services Grant Program: The Victim Services Grant Program provides partial funding and technical assistance to community-based and statewide programs throughout Iowa. The Program funds justice systems and victim service programs. Funded victim service programs provide free and confidential services to persons who are victims of crime.
Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance: IOVA oversees a variety of financial programs, including crime victim compensation, sexual assault examination and victim assistance program grants. IOVA pursues awareness of and support for crime victim rights in Iowa through the following activities:
- Advocating for short and long term changes in the criminal justice system to better meet the needs of victims/witnesses
- Educating professionals to provide more sensitive services to victims/witnesses
- Advocating for the establishment of more victim services in Iowa.
- Providing forums for crime victims/witnesses to voice their concerns and grievances
Joint Center for Violence and Victim Studies: The JCVVS is an interdisciplinary university affiliation between California State University at Fresno and Washburn University, Kansas. The Center's mission is to address issues of violence and victimization through education, research and public policy initiatives.
Kansas Attorney General's Helping Victims of Crime : A set of links leading to detailed information of great use to this state's victims of crime.
Division of Parole and Probation Office of Victim Services: This site gives assistance finding information on a parole or probation case, handles victim notification, community referrals, and serves single point of contact for victim-related issues in this state.
Maryland Crime Victim Resource Center: Their mission is to insure that victims of violent crime in Maryland receive justice and that these victims are treated with dignity and compassion through comprehensive victims' rights and services. Their website includes descriptions of support services programs, including: counselling, support groups and court accompaniment, victim rights and legal issues, legislation, news and events.
Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board provides financial assistance for innocent victims of crime. The Board may compensate victims who suffer physical injury for their medical expenses and loss of earnings. In cases of homicide, the Board may assist with funeral expenses and loss of support on the part of the victim's dependents. Their site includes all basic information on criminal injury compensation and provides basic contact information for their office.
Maryland Human Services Victim Services: An extremely useful reference site which contains searchable contact directories for all victim services, domestic violence programs and rape crisis offices in this state.
Montgomery County Health and Human Services Victim Services: Basic information and contact addresses are supplied for a wide variety of victim assistance services in this county.
Rockville Police Victim Assistance Program: Basic contact and service information, plus telephone numbers of use to residents and a few links to state and national organizations.
Massachusetts Crime Victims and Witnesses Rights: A quick summary of crime victim rights in this state.
Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance: This office offers victims of crime detailed information on victim rights, news on policy and legislation, public education on victim issues, safety plans for victims of domestic violence and links to other sites of interest.
Council on Crime and Justice Crime Victim Services: The Council on Crime and Justice is an independent, non-profit organization integrating research, demonstration projects and advocacy to bring just solutions to the causes and consequences of crime.
Minnesota Crime Victim Services: A section of the state Department of Public Safety, the Center is designed to serve as a state-wide advocate for crime victims. They provide advocate training, information and research resources and information on crime victim reparations.
Office of Justice Programs Help for Crime Victims: A wide variety of information for victims of crime in this state.
St. Paul Police Crime Victim Information: Basic victim rights information and a listing of emergency and victim resources telephone number in this area.
Missouri Victim Assistance Network: MoVA is a network of individuals and organizations from across the State of Missouri who have come together to work towards creating a community responsive to crime victims. Their site contains an events bulletin-board, a listing of dozens of MoVA member organizations, criminal justice resources, victim compensation information, topical link directories and Missouri 1-800 number for crime victims and survivors.
Gallatin County Victim Services Center: Extensive information on programs and services, links to related regional organizations and a telephone directory of area service organizations.
Montana Department of Justice Office of Victim Services: Extensive information on victim's rights, court process, crime victim reparations and much more, including a telephone directory of all victim service programs in this state.
Department of Justice Address Confidentiality Program: A program which allows victims of stalking and domestic violence to move and keep their new address confidential.
New Hampshire AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program: You'll find program and contact information, along with descriptions of this program's accomplishments and special projects.
Victims, Inc.: The Joan Ellis Victim Assistance Network: This organization's services include: Court advocacy; Trauma intervention; Grieving assistance program; Assistance with Victim Compensation claims; and Fatal crashes.
Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy: An excellent resource, with detailed information on victim rights and obligations, court process, telephone directories of services, as well as links to grant and funding information and other victim assistance organizations.
Crime Victim Assistance Center: This site gives basic contact and service information, links to community education projects, as well as links to regional, national and international sites of use to victims of crime.
New York State Crime Victims' Board: This site supplies a complete directory of telephone numbers and street addresses for New York victims services, county by county.
Safe Horizons: New York City’s leading provider of victim assistance, advocacy and violence prevention services, with links, help directories and telephone hotlines to aid victims and survivors of all kinds.
North Carolina Victim Assistance Network: NC-VAN promotes the rights and needs of crime victims by educating North Carolina's citizens and public policy leaders about the devastating impact that crime has on our society. Serving our members as a statewide network, they provide information on over 1,500 victims service and criminal justice agencies, victim assistance programs, advocacy groups, training and certification resources and much more.
North Carolina's Division of Victim and Justice Services: This site provides excellent links to state government victim assistance offices, good information for victims and links to outside organizations.
United Family Services Victim Assistance: This page offers detailed program and service descriptions, along with information of use to all victims of crime in this region.
Crime Victim Services: Serving the Greater Lima and Putnam County, Ohio area, this organization's site describes their background and services, provides victims rights information, information on different kinds of victimization and grief issues, plus much more. The site is available in Spanish.
Department of Youth Services Office of Victim Services: The mission of this service is to balance the scales of justice by giving victims an active voice in the juvenile justice process through effective, supportive and informative advocacy while working in partnership with corrections, the courts, prosecutors and victim assistance programs.
Van Wert County Victim Services: Service and contact information is provided, along with detailed information for victims of domestic violence.
Victim Assistance Program - Akron: Contact, service and background information on this regional service.
Crime Victims' Assistance Network: An alliance of victim service providers and agencies in this state.
Multnomah County Community Justice Victim Services: Here you'll find background and contact information, plus detailed information on compensation, stalking laws, restitution, restraining orders in this state and much more..
Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia: The Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia (AVP) is a non-profit, charitable organization that addresses the cycle of violence providing intervention, prevention and support services. AVP is committed to advocacy and support for individual homicide co-victims, violence prevention training for children and adults, and effecting change in public and private institutions and society at large.
Bucks County Network of Victim Assistance: Network of Victim Assistance supports, counsels and empowers victims of sexual assault and other serious crimes and works to eliminate violence in Bucks County through advocacy, community education and prevention programs.
Center for Victims of Violent Crime: An excellent site, providing information on their many service programs for victims in Allegheny County.
Crisis Center: The website for this assistance organization, based in Oil City PA, covers not only background, service and contact information on the Center and it's programs for general victim assistance , but also boasts a large list of local, regional and international links for victims of all kinds.
Office of the Victim Advocate: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania OVA is an independent agency housed in the Board of Probation and Parole. It has the authority and the duty to represent the rights and interests of crime victims before the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP). The Victim Advocate has the authority to petition the Board to deny parole or set conditions of parole on behalf of the victim. Links on the site lead to contact and service information, descriptions of special projects, statistics and publications.
Victim Services Center of Montgomery County: The VSC provides free and confidential comprehensive support services to crime victims, and their families and significant others; prevention education/outreach programs, and training to the professionals who work with the victims of these crimes. Services are provided free of charge to all those who request assistance. Their site includes information on advocacy, counselling and support groups, outreach and training, plus special projects.
Rhode Island Justice Commission Victims of Crime: This page includes information on VOCA grants, but it's main area of interest is a comprehensive listing of victim assistance services in this state.
South Carolina Crime Victims' Ombudsman: The Crime Victims' Ombudsman provides three main services: refers crime victims to appropriate agencies, provides liaison services, and reviews and attempts to resolve complaints against elements of the criminal and juvenile justice systems or victim assistance programs. The Crime Victims' Ombudsman is an impartial third party representative who attempts to resolve complaints
South Carolina State Office of Victim Assistance: Formally the Crime Victim Compensation program, the mission of this restructured Office is to oversee crime victim compensation requests and to: Restore justice to eligible crime victims who are in need of advocacy and financial assistance; Work closely with victim service agencies and providers across the state, to render advocacy, support, programs, services information, referrals, training and technical assistance; Practice a statewide coordinated community and victim centered approach to proactively end violent crimes and assist individuals who are in need, as a result of their victimization.
South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN) : A state-wide agency which advocates on behalf of victims and witnesses of crime and acts as a communication/education/research network. It also facilitates quality training, education and the coordination of policy development. Many links and resources of interest are available.
East Tennessee Victims' Rights Task Force: The Task Force is an umbrella organization comprised of social service groups, private citizens, victims of crime, and representatives from the criminal justice system. Just about any information a victim might need can be found on this site, including sections on psychological trauma, compensation, support groups, memorials, victims rights and links to useful sites.
Advocacy Center for Victims of Crime and Children: Based in Waco, this non-profit organization provides information, advocacy and support to victims of crime and abuse in this region.
Arlington Police Victim Assistance: A useful site for victims in this region, with detailed background, program and service information, contact addresses and telephone numbers, as well information for crime victims on victims rights, compensation, family violence, a regional services telephone directory and more
Huston Police Victim Services Unit: Detailed, easy to understand information on programs and services, crime victim rights, police/court process, and a regional telephone directory of police, court and social services.
Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse: The Clearinghouse serves as a central source of information about services and issues involving crime victims in Texas. It helps connect victims with community and state resources throughout the state.
Texas Department of Public Safety Victim Services: Program, service and contact information is provided, as well as explanations of victim rights, the crime victim compensation program, links of interest to victims and information on other social service programs in this state.
Texas Victim Services Association: This page lists the background and the many events and activities of this organization.
Wise County Sheriff's Victim Assistance: Mostly information on crime victim compensation, but includes an e-mail link to the local crime victim assistance liaison.
Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services: A listing of state resources and a network of contacts for victims of crime, those interested in volunteering or wishing to find out more about crime victim services in this state. Excellent resources.
Department of Criminal Justice Services Victim Services Section: The Section develops, coordinates and funds victim/witness programs, sexual assault crisis centers, rural domestic violence and child victimization programs. Information on grants, events, online publications and links of interest are also included.
Families and Friends of Missing Persons & Violent Crime Victims: Supplying support, education, resources and referrals to victims in this state.
Violent Crime Victim Services: Violent Crime Victim Services seeks to provide resources and support services to victims/survivors of homicide.
Metropolitan Police Victim Assistance: Basic information on crime victim compensation, victim's rights and several links of interest.
Office of Crime Victim Services: A well designed and organized site -authored by Steve Derene - it contains information and directories on victim and victim-witness services in Wisconsin, listings of Wisconsin victim rights laws and many links of interest.
Wisconsin Advocates for Families of Missing People: WAFMP provides community awareness, education, support and closure for Wisconsin's families of missing endangered adults. WAFMP supplies immediate support to the families, and assists bydistributing flyers, informing media and law enforcement of the missing status of loved ones. WAFMP also provides financial assistance in areas such as hiring investigators, transportation, planning benefits along with other needed areas of the search, and by assisting through grass roots efforts searches for the lost and through understanding and support from volunteers for those left behind. WAFMP also provides community education services in a variety of areas to reduce the incidence of tragedy and missing persons in Wisconsin.
Freemont County Victim Assistance: A land address directory of several victim services programs available in this region.