A Victim of Assault

As a victim of assault you might be:

  • feeling anger, bitterness, and even betrayal
  • suffering from physical pain from the injuries
  • unable to work for a period of time
  • wondering “why did this happen to me?”
  • feeling concerned it could happen again
  • feeling fear or still in shock
  • worrying about your medical bills
  • concerned about what happens next with the criminal justice system

As a victim of a violent crime, experiencing any or all of the above is common. You may also be experiencing other symptoms which are not listed. Each individual reacts differently to being hurt. You know best how this assault is affecting you. It is important for you to let those who support you know how you are feeling or to seek the support you need.

A victim advocate can assist you by:

  • helping you apply for crime victim compensation which may cover your out-of-pocket medical expenses and wages
  • referring you to the Department of Human Services for medical assistance, if needed
  • explaining the criminal justice system
  • providing you with case information
  • providing referrals to other community resources
  • helping prepare you to testify at court.
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