Resources and services for victims of crime
Nobody is exempt from an assault or other violent crime, a circumstance that can finish with the confidence that people have in themselves and others, and that it can also seriously affect the behavior and relationships of a person.
To return to normal life, the victim needs the support of family and friends. Currently and nationally there is a range of services and resources designed to help victims to justice and reparation. The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for ensuring that you know, being a victim of crime, you have rights and can receive the necessary assistance.
According to the agency most states have amended their constitutions to guarantee certain rights to victims of crime. You generally have the right to be notified of all the judicial procedure relating to offences. You have the right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender, and the right to declare and bring charges before the courts and be informed about guilt, sentence, imprisonment and release of the offender, among others.
There are a number of programs – State, private or non profit-that provide services and protection to victims of crime throughout the country. The victims can access compensatory services and assistance, and getting reimbursed for the expenses incurred by reason of the crime.
Among the crimes covered are murders, rape, driving while intoxicated, domestic violence and abuse or neglect. Victims can obtain help with medical expenses, funeral and loss of income.
In addition to the assistance programs to victims of crimes there is a range of services including shelters for emergency, defense to criminal justice and transport.
If you are the victim of a crime the key is not to give in to fear. Whatever the case may denounce and seek help.