Every broken heart, every hurt, and every wound can be healed with love and a strong community of support. We are here to help: providing information, resources, and tools that will help you go from victim to victor, sufferer to survivor.
Find a safe place and ask for help if you need it.
CARE FOR INJURIES
Go to the hospital to treat injuries and tell them they are a result of a crime BEFORE you are treated.
CALL THE POLICE
But leave the crime scene intact so as not to destroy the evidence.
DOCUMENT THE CRIME
While it may be the last thing you want to do, write down exactly what happened as soon as possible following your incident.
Most states have amended their constitutions to guarantee certain fundamental rights for crime victims. Typically, these include the following:
The right to be notified of all court proceedings related to the offense.
The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
The right to have input at sentencing (e.g., in the form of a victim impact statement).
The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.
The right to an order of restitution from the convicted offender.
The right to be notified of these rights.
If you are a victim of a crime, these rights apply to you. You may obtain information about these rights through your local victim/witness assistance program (usually located in the prosecutor’s office), your State Attorney General’s Office or U.S. Attorney’s Office.You Have Rights!
You have the right not to remain silent.
Anything you say can and will be listened to with dignity, compassion and respect.
You have the right to be informed of your rights as a victim of crime.
You have the right to be present at criminal justice proceedings.
You have the right to receive information about your case.
You have the right to protective measures that enhance your safety.
You have the right to available crime victim services.
MARSY’S LAW VICITIM’S BILL OF RIGHTS
In order to preserve and protect a victim’s rights to justice and due process, a victim shall be entitled to the following rights…
Between counsel, advocacy, programs, and much more, it is our intention to give back to our communities and help heal those who are hurting. As we support victims with unwavering dedication, we are, in turn, so proud of those who are surviving and thriving!
We have searched the internet and found many helpful websites that deal with the issues this site was founded on. There are many other websites and resources available on the internet. Note that CrimeSurvivors.com links to these sites as a general reference.