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Places that Help: Federal
Updated: November 14, 2019
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Directory of Crime Victim Services
The Directory of Crime Victim Services enables crime victims to readily locate national and international assistance services and will help victim service providers make appropriate referrals. The directory allows users to search for victim services by location, type of victimization and type of service needed.
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
800 903-0111 ext. 3
The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women is resource and advocacy center for battered women charged with any crime in which their history of abuse is relevant (or potentially relevant) to their legal defense. Through its work, the organization aims to increase justice for — and prevent further victimization of — arrested, convicted, or incarcerated battered women. Staff provide customized technical assistance to battered women charged with crimes and to members of their defense teams (defense attorneys, advocates, expert witnesses and others). Please contact them via telephone; they accept collect calls from incarcerated battered women at (215) 351-0010.
National Crime Victim Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Line: 800-FYI-CALL
The National Crime Victim Bar Association offers information and lawyer referrals to crime victims seeking to sue offenders and responsible third-parties.
National Crime Victim Law Institute
The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) pairs crime victims with free attorneys who fight to secure their rights. They do this through their national network of legal clinics and their National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys (NAVRA). They also ensure that every attorney and advocate can make the best arguments for the victims they serve by providing them with legal technical assistance in the form of legal research, writing, and strategic consultation. In addition, they file amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs in victims’ rights cases nationwide. NCVLI rarely provides any legal services directly to victims. When a victim contacts NCVLI they work to pair that victim with support services in his or her area, and to find a lawyer in their pool of pro bono attorneys who is willing to provide free or low cost legal services focusing efforts on active criminal cases and protecting victims’ rights during investigation, prosecution and post-conviction. They will then partner with those volunteer lawyers to ensure top quality advocacy on behalf of the victim. If you are seeking assistance with referrals, please fill out their online referral request form on the website.
National Organization for Victim Assistance
1-800-TRY-NOVA (1-800-879-6682); Helpline hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm EST
The National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) provides victim and witness assistance for criminal justice and mental health professionals, advocates, researchers, victims and survivors, and related professionals.
VictimConnect Resource Center (a program of NCVC)
Phone or text: 1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)
The VictimConnect Resource Center is a place for victims of all crime to learn about their rights and options, confidentially and compassionately. VictimConnect can be accessed anywhere in the United States through a traditional telephone-based helpline and innovative text and online chat services Monday through Friday. Services are available in English and Spanish and interpreters for more than 200 languages can be accessed. Victim assistance specialists help people who reach out find appropriate national, local, or online resources. Additionally, victimconnect.org has information regarding types of crime, crime statistics, and maintains a searchable online directory for crime victim service providers. VictimConnect is a program of The National Center for Victims of Crime. Contact VictimConnect by chat here.
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