Places that Help: Federal
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
125 South 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
800 903-0111 ext. 3
A 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.
National Crime Victim Bar Association
2000 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Lawyer Referral Line: 800-FYI-CALL
Offers information and lawyer referrals to crime victims seeking to sue offenders and responsible third-parties.
National Crime Victim Law Institute
We pair crime victims with free attorneys who fight to secure their rights. We do this through our national network of legal clinics and our National Alliance of Victims’ Rights Attorneys (NAVRA). We 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, we 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 we work to pair that victim with support services in his or her area, and to find a lawyer in our 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. We 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 our online referral request form on the website.
National Organization for Victim Assistance
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.
Stalking Resource Center of the NCVC
For Victim Assistance, call 1-800-FYI-CALL, M-F 8:30 am -8:30 pm, EST., The Stalking Resource Center, run by the National Center for Victims of Crime, offers harassment and stalking-related state and federal statutes and other related info.
VictimConnect Resource Center (a program of NCVC)
2000 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone & Text Helpline: 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.
Witness Justice is a national nonprofit organization committed to directly serving survivors of violent crime in the U.S. Our goal is to provide trauma victims and their loved ones with access to information and support to promote healing (physically, psychologically and spiritually) and to establish a sense of personal justice, no matter where they live or the nature of the violent crime committed against them.
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