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Help for Crime Victims



National Resources

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
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National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB)
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U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
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National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB)
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National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB) Links to state crime victim compensation programs
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National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255) [24/7 hotline]
1-888-628-9454 (Spanish)
1-800-799-4889 (TTY)


VINE It’s the Law!

It is the law to inform victims.

The Illinois Automated Victim Notification (Also known as Victim Information and Notification Everyday-VINE) is a telephone system where victims of crime and family members can call a toll-free number and receive up-to-date information regarding custody or court status of an offender. In addition, victims and family members can register to receive automatic notification when there are any changes in an inmate’s status and an automatic notification when a change in court status occurs.

Users register by calling the toll-free number 866-502-2423

The service is:



Rights for Victims and Witnesses of Violent Crime It’s the Law!

The Illinois Constitutions (Article I, Section 8.1) provides victims and witnesses of violent crimes certain rights, these rights, Act (725 ILCS 120), are commonly called the


Illinois Bill of Rights for Victims and Witnesses of Violent Crime

These rights are as follows:

*Under Illinois law, “A statement and explanation of the rights of crime victims…shall be given to a crime victim at the initial contact with the criminal justice system by the appropriate authorities and shall be conspicuously posted in all court facilities.”

The law requires that some of these rights must be requested by the crime victim in writing.

*If you would like to print a poster copy of the Illinois Bill of Rights for victims of violent crime you can go to



Crime Victims Compensation

In 1973 the Illinois General Assembly established the Crime Victim Compensation Act. The purpose for this Act was to reduce the financial burden that victims of violent crimes and their families are faced with as a result of a violent crime. Under this Act innocent victims and their families can receive up to $27,000 in financial assistance for expenses accrued.

For more information on the Civil Liberties (740 ILCS 45/) Crime Victims Compensation Act visit
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Or go to for downloadable resources, frequently asked questions, or to download the application and instructions.

To file an application, contact the Crime Victims Compensation Bureau at 1-800-228-3368 (TTY: 1-877-398-1130)





For the National online version of VINE called VINELink please visit:


To learn more about the Rights of Crime Victims and Witness Act visit

or contact your local state's attorney's office, or the Illinois Attorney General's Office

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