Victims of Crime Portal

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Not sure of whether a crime has happened to you? Use this tool to find out.


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Need a lawyer? Want help with getting safe housing, food stamps, health care, or other benefits? Do you need counseling or support services? Find out what help is available in your area and apply online.

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Survivor Stories

Gun violence

My cousin's death won't be for nothing - Dantae

Cousins and roommates, Dantae and Derrick, were involved in a shooting. Derrick was killed; Dantae was seriously injured. Dantae struggled with physical recovery and dealing with the police. The shooting also had a major impact on his family. They struggled to pay for healthcare and housing costs, until they got help.

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Domestic abuse & sexual assault

How could someone I love hurt me so much? - Ana

Ana and her 3 children are safe from the abuse of her husband, but it was not an easy road. She felt unsure about taking action against her husband, a man she loved and who was the father of her children. But when Ana began to fear for the safety of herself and her children, she decided to get the help that she needed.

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Elder abuse & neglect

I didn't know who to trust or where to go for help - John

To not be a burden on his only son, John, a 92-year-old retiree, had a personal caretaker. When his caretaker quit the agency and began working directly for John, his behavior changed. The caretaker started asking John for more money, neglecting John's care and verbally abusing him. John needed help.

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Human trafficking

Before I knew what was going on, they wouldn't let me go anywhere or do anything - Maria

Maria needed money for her family. She was offered temporary employment and promised good wages if she was willing to leave the country temporarily. When she arrived in the U.S., her employer took her visa and passport. She was told where to live and was not allowed to contact her family. Eventually, Maria escaped.

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About Victim Legal Assistance Network (VLAN)

Victim Legal Assistance Network ("VLAN”) began as a partnership of Cook County service providers devoted to ensuring that victims (survivors) of crime obtain the services they need to recover from their victimization.

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 support the rebuilding of their lives.

Become a network partner

Does your organization provide legal or other supportive services to victims of crime in Illinois? Join the Illinois VLAN collaborative and band together in providing victims with easy access to all of the services they need to recover.

As a network participant you will have direct client referrals with other network partners, access to free resources and trainings, and community supported discussion groups.