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If you are in immediate danger or having thoughts of harming yourself, call 911. For self-help resources click here.

Crisis Counseling

Crisis Text Line - This helpline offers free 24/7 support for individuals struggling with emotional crises.

  • Text the message "COPE" to 741-741 to speak with someone now


Disaster Distress Helpline - This helpline is for anyone experiencing significant emotional distress related to a mass crime or major disaster. Mass violence victims are specifically encouraged to contact the helpline, either by telephone or SMS/text, at the numbers below:

  • Call 1.800.985.5990 – English (with a Spanish-speaking option)

  • Text “TalkWithUs” (or “Hablanos” for Spanish language assistance) to 66746

  • In Puerto Rico, Spanish Speakers can text “Hablanos” to 1-787-339-2663


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - This helpline provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be routed to the closest crisis center based on your area code. Local counselors have access to community mental health resources and can provide referrals.

  • 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-799-4889); TTY: 1-800-799-4889

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline also has chat available, 24 hours a day. Chat with someone now, by clicking here

Victim Assistance

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) - This federal organization is dedicated to supporting crime victims across the U.S. by providing information about victims’ rights and local support services.


National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards - Find your state’s crime victim compensation program.


Victim Assistance Professionals (VAPs) are individuals who receive specific training to support victims of crime. They play an important role for victims, survivors, witnesses, and others who are affected by mass violence. VAPs can assist in a variety of different ways, including:

  • Offering emotional support to those affected

  • Providing information about survivors’ rights

  • Assisting victims in obtaining financial and practical assistance that they are entitled to

  • Assistance with completing paperwork for victims’ compensation or other benefits

  • Serving as a liaison between victims, families, and law enforcement agencies

  • Helping to determine what victims and surviving family members may need

  • Facilitating effective media relations, if necessary

***To find a VAP in your state, explore the resources in the map below. You may be able to find additional victim services by entering the name of the county or city where the crime took place into a search engine, along with the words "victim assistance." College students can also search for a victim assistance program at their home institution.


Victim Connect Resource Center - This center offers a referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially by phone or online chat with Victim Assistance Specialists. Support services are available 8:30AM – 7:30PM EST.

  • 1-855-4VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)

  • Online chat: To chat with someone now, click here


Tribal Resource Tool - Provides crime victim information and services specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Financial Assistance

Victim Compensation

If you have been a victim of crime, you might qualify for financial assistance. Crime victim compensation is funded primarily by fees, fines, and assessments paid by convicted criminals and provides financial assistance to crime victims and their families.

Crime victim compensation is a “payer of last resort,” which means that crime victim compensation funds can be used to offset the cost of services that other funding sources – like insurance companies – do not cover. Specific types of coverage vary from state to state, but crime victim compensation may be available to pay for:

  • Medical care

  • Mental health treatment

  • Funeral costs

  • Lost wages

  • Crime scene clean up

  • Costs associated with travel to receive treatment

  • Moving expenses

  • Housekeeping and child care

Every state has a victim compensation program that provides financial support for victims of crimes. Use the map below to find the victim compensation program for the state in which the crime occurred.


Victim Connect Resource Center - This center offers a referral helpline where crime victims can learn about their rights and options confidentially by phone or online chat with Victim Assistance Specialists. Support services are available 8:30AM – 7:30PM EST.

  • 1-855-4VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)

  • Online chat: To chat with someone now, click here


The National Compassion Fund - This site collects and distributes donations made to victims of mass crimes.


211 - A comprehensive source of local human and social services in the U.S. and Canada. This service connects people to help of all kinds, including assistance with housing, utilities, food, employment, and healthcare. Visit the 211 website or speak with a service professional by dialing “211.”

Legal Assistance

Office for Victims of Crime - This federal organization provides a list of legal services clinics that assist crime victims.


National Crime Victim Law Institute - Find local organizations that provide legal information and support directly to victims of crime.


National Crime Victim Bar Association - Victims looking for an attorney referral can contact the National Crime Victim Bar Association by phone at 844–529–4357 or by email at victimbar@mcvc.org.


Victim Law - Searchable database of victims’ rights and legal provisions.


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - For information about rights for victims of federal crimes and the investigation into your case.


State Attorney General's Office - Victims of mass violence are eligible for protection and resources through the Attorney General's Office in the state where the crime occurred. This information can be found in the map below.


Notification Systems:

  • Victim Notification System (VNS) - This free, computer-based system provides important information to victims of federal crimes regarding events pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. This information is available in English and Spanish on the Internet and through a toll-free telephone number (1-866-DOJ-4YOU).

  • VINELink - This service provides victims of federal and state crimes with timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders.

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Victim Assistance Resource Map

Use this map to find victim assistance services in the state where the crime occurred (which may be different than the state where you live)

***You may be able to find additional victim services by entering the name of the county or city where the crime took place into a search engine, along with the words "victim assistance." College students can also search for a victim assistance program at their home institution.