Crime Victims

This is a statewide project that provides free direct legal representation and referrals to victims of violent crime and provides education about crime victim’s rights. If you are a victim of -- or feel you may be at risk of -- domestic violence, sexual abuse or assault, stalking, cyber-stalking, or any other form of violent crime, we can offer you legal advice, safety planning, pro se (self-representation) assistance, and legal representation. We also assist victims with applying for crime victim compensation claims.

 

Eligibility

All survivors of a violent crime or sexual assault can receive services.

 

How It Works

You can either call our helpline at 844-303-7233 (SAFE) or fill out the form below.

 

Our helpline is answered Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you call and get our voicemail and feel safe receiving a return phone call, please leave your name, phone number, and/or email address. If you do not feel safe with us returning your call, please try calling again during our hotline's hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a violent crime?

A violent crime is a crime where someone gets physically hurt or is threatened with physical harm. For example, assault is a violent crime; forgery is not a violent crime.

 

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any sexual contact that makes you feel uncomfortable, pressured, or forced including but not limited to sexual harassment, groping, rape, and unwanted sexual contact.

 

What services does the Crime Victims Program offer? 

Our attorneys can assist with the following legal issues:

  • Protective Orders

  • Family Law

  • Employment Law

  • Elder Exploitation and Abuse

  • Legal matters related to domestic violence and sexual assault

  • Housing Law

  • Title IX Issues

  • Immigration Law

  • Crime Victims Compensation

  • Financial Crimes and Identity Theft

  • Stalking/Cyber-Stalking

  • Navigating the criminal justice system

 

When I call, is it confidential? 

All calls are strictly confidential.

 

Do I have to identify myself? 

No. You may remain anonymous. However, identifying information is necessary for those who wish to receive extensive services.

 

Can I call if I have not reported to the police? 

Yes, definitely. 

 

How much does it cost?

Our services are free. There is no charge.

 

Can I call after regular hours?

We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

Will I speak to an attorney?

Yes, if you are a victim of a violent crime, you are eligible for our services. 

 

What do I do if I call and no one is there?

If you would feel safe receiving a return phone call or message from one of our attorneys, please leave your name, phone number, and/or email address so one of our attorneys can get in touch with you as soon as possible. If you do not feel safe with us returning contact, please try calling again during our business hours, Monday through Friday until 5:00 PM.

 

Can I call for a friend?

Yes, you may.

 

I have other issues because of the sexual assault. Can you help me with those too?

We can assist with many issues and help connect you with available resources. 

 

 

Resources

Take Back Hope

When you’re a victim of a violent crime or sexual assault, it may seem like you have nowhere to turn. But you do -- learn about the free legal services offered to victims of violent crimes and sexual assault.

 

takebackhope.org

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