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Types of help for victims of crime

Many services exist for people who are survivors of crime. As a survivor, know that getting through the trauma of crime takes time. Your needs may also change over time. It is essential to get the help you need. Support is available:

Medical or healthcare

Doctors, nurses and other licensed health care workers offer survivors:

  • Physical health care such as treatment for cuts, bruises, and broken bones
  • Mental health care such as behavioral therapy, medication, counseling and support groups

Housing or shelter

Shelter or housing services assist survivors by:

  • Helping them find a safe place to stay
  • Helping them get permanent housing
  • Helping them relocate or move

Social services or case management

Social or caseworkers may help survivors by:

  • Assessing their needs
  • Connecting them to housing, health, financial and legal services
  • Planning for their safety
  • Applying for public benefits such as SNAP (food stamps), TANF (welfare), or general or township assistance
  • Applying for Medicaid or Medicare (government health insurance)
  • Applying for crime victim compensation

Legal services 

Lawyers may help survivors by:

  • Using the courts to keep you and your family safe
  • Protecting victim or family privacy
  • Enforcing court orders such as protective orders, or child custody, visitation or support orders
  • Asserting victims rights in criminal cases
  • Appealing Section 8 or public housing denials
  • Appealing public benefits denials
  • Applying for crime victim compensation or appealing its denial

Other help

Victims of crime may need additional support such as:

  • Language - interpretation or translation
  • Disability
  • Transportation
  • Life skills

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