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Resources for advocates

Learn more about the laws and practices that apply to clients who are survivors of crime. For all survivors, see Rights of crime victims and witnesses.

Dealing with creditors

Dealing with work

Domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking

Elder abuse and neglect

Getting public benefits

Gun violence

Human trafficking and immigration

Medical care and costs

How to apply for Medicaid

Protection for children & minors


Training Videos

View these videos designed for advocates helping clients and survivors.

Domestic abuse & sexual assault

Elder abuse

Getting public benefits

Gun violence

Human trafficking

Protection for children & minors

Working with victims and survivors

Many people impacted by crime experience trauma. Learn more about trauma-informed care:

Lawyer Manuals

Support and self-care for advocates

To effectively advocate for your clients, remember to take care of yourself:

About VLAN

Victim Legal Assistance Network (VLAN) began in Illinois as a partnership of Cook County service providers devoted to ensuring that victims (survivors) of crime obtain the services they need.

VLAN connects a diverse range of providers who work together to offer a broad spectrum of legal and non-legal support services that are essential to helping victims (survivors) recover.

VLAN is a project working to reduce the burden on victims (survivors) by creating a one-stop shop to access all of the services they need to rebuild their lives.

Make a referral to VLAN

Does your client need services that your organization does not provide? Here’s how to make a referral to the Victims Legal Assistance Network (VLAN).

Contact VLAN

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