Empowering victims of crimes to take control of their recovery by finding the assistance they need.
Victim Assistance Programs
After going through a traumatic experience, it can be hard to know how to react or what to do next. You may be hurt, physically, emotionally, or both, or facing financial hardship as a result of the crime. You might be considering working with the criminal justice system but are unsure of where to turn.
Victims of the crimes can suffer from a broad range of injuries (and not just physical) that, if left unaddressed, can cause anger, fear, isolation, depression and more. The following list includes resources designed to help individuals take control of their recovery. Learning more about what steps you can take following can help ground you in a difficult time.
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If this is an emergency, immediately contact 9-1-1.
Human trafficking is a crime of exploitation. Each year, countless men, women and children are trafficked into the U.S. and forced to engage in some form of labor or commercial sex act. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation, or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking situations.
The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a nonprofit organization that helps victims escape from and report sex and labor trafficking. Call the National Human Trafficking Hotline toll-free at 1-888-373-7888 or Text 233733.
Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking (ICESAHT)
The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking is a statewide victim assistance program dedicated to supporting survivors of human trafficking and other forms of abuse. On this site, you can find information such as risk factors and forms of human trafficking, as well as ways to join the fight against.
The Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately report suspected human trafficking to federal law enforcement officials.
The effects of sexual violence are often long-lasting and can significantly impact victims’ emotional stability and well-being. Sexual assault comes in many different forms, but above all, it’s important to know that (1) it’s not your fault and (2) that hope and help is available.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
The nation’s largest organization committed to combatting sexual violence, RAINN operates a 24/7 confidential hotline and offers various victim assistance programs. The hotline can be reached at: 1-800.656.HOPE (4673).
Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking (ICESAHT)
ICESAHT connects victims with critical resources. On this site, survivors can find Rape Crisis Centers or a sexual assault service provider. They can also learn about forensic medical exams or find information about hospitals that have a sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE), a registered nurse that is trained to provide comprehensive care to sexual violence victims, and more.
Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC)
The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, & Resource Center (SPARC) is a federally funded project providing education and resources about the crime of stalking. SPARC aims to enhance the response to stalking by educating the professionals tasked with keeping stalking victims safe and holding offenders accountable.
Domestic violence can take many forms, from physical and verbal abuse to coercion and sexual abuse. Learn more about the resources available for victims and how you can help combat domestic abuse.
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV)
A statewide organization committed to preventing domestic violence and supporting survivors, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) is an invaluable resource for both victims and advocates. Their website includes a statewide directory of domestic violence centers. They also operate a 24-hour statewide hotline, which can be reached at: 1-800-332-7385.
Through the Safe Path Home initiative, ICADV is working to let survivors of domestic and dating violence, stalking, sexual assault and human trafficking know that housing help is available. For all Hoosiers, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority provides housing assistance to Indiana residents who meet certain qualifications.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
Along with helpful support resources, the NCADV manages the National Domestic Violence Hotline. For anonymous, confidential help 24/7, please call: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
Child abuse is a hidden epidemic impacting communities across the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in seven children have suffered child abuse in the last year.
Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, immediately call the Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, available 24/7.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
NCMEC collects and distributes data relating to child victimization, including abduction, abuse and exploitation.
Child Advocacy Centers
The Indiana Chapter of National Children’s Alliance operates dozens of advocacy centers throughout the state, where children can be in a safe, friendly environment–one with toys, comfortable chairs, and friendly, caring adults trained to help them.
Children in Need of Services (CHINS)
Indiana Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm, works with various state agencies to identify children who may be in need of treatment victim support services for neglect or abuse.
Identity fraud is a rising problem in the U.S., and criminals often prey on the most vulnerable populations, including children and the elderly. Thankfully, victim assistance programs are available to help.
IdentityTheft.gov is the federal government’s one-stop resource for identity theft victims. The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process.
Consumer Protection Division
Operated by the Indiana Attorney General, this office advocates for identity theft victims and educates Hoosiers about how best to combat scammers.
Cybercrime Support Network
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to meet the challenges facing individuals and small businesses affected by cybercrime.
Elder abuse can have complex physical and emotional effects on victims. Perpetrators are often caregivers or family members, which often makes it less likely for victims to report the crimes.
Adult Protective Services
Designed as a victim assistance program for adults, this office collects and investigates reports of elder abuse, including neglect and exploitation. State hotline: 1-800-992-6978.
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA includes a wide range of resources from understanding different types of elder abuse to knowing the signs of abuse.
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
The National Center on Elder Abuse serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. NCEA’s website includes additional ways to spot elder abuse.
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find the local resources they need. Dial 2-1-1 to connect with a navigator 24/7.