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Resources For Chicago-Area Crime Victims

Simply knowing that the perpetrator of a crime has been detained is not often enough for victims, who may require financial assistance and other vital services. Fortunately the State of Illinois provides several targeted resources for the victims of crime, summarized below:

Crime Victim Compensation Program

The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program can provide innocent victims and their families with up to $27,000 in financial assistance for expenses accrued as a result of a violent crime.

Call the Crime Victims Assistance Line for more information about compensation and other statewide victim services:

(800) 228-3368 

Married Families Domestic Violence Fund

The Married Families Domestic Violence Fund provides funding for legal advocacy, legal assistance, and legal services to married and formerly married victims of domestic violence.

Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA)

The VCVA Bureau is dedicated to developing and improving activities and services that promote the recognition of rights, needs, and interests of crime victims in Illinois; providing victims access to programs that supply needed information, assistance, and advocacy; educating the public about victim services; and ensuring that grantee agencies provide quality services. 

Elizabeth Scholz
Director, VCVA
(217) 223-2221       
TTY: (217) 223-2254
escholz@atg.state.il.us

Automated Victim Notification (AVN) System

In 1999, the General Assembly passed legislation authorizing the Office of the Attorney General to secure funding for and implement a statewide victim notification system. Callers may choose to register for automatic notification through Illinois AVN. Registered persons will receive notification of any change in an inmate's status.

(866) 566-8439 (Voice) 
TTY: (877) 502-2423       

Illinois AVN is also available online at www.vinelink.com 

Statewide Victim Assistance (SVA) Program

Direct Victim Assistance: The Office of the Attorney General provides services to crime victims and witnesses who are involved in cases that are being prosecuted by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

(312) 793-0794 

Crime Victims Assistance Line: The Attorney General's office offers a toll-free number to provide victims with referrals for service, information on crime victim compensation claims, and assistance in completion of compensation applications. 

(800) 228-3368   

Outreach and Education Activities: Crime Victim Services staff conduct outreach and educational workshops to help service providers to better assist crime victims in obtaining financial assistance through this program. 

(312) 814-2468       

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are crucial in ensuring that sexual assault patients receive more compassionate care. Specially trained nurses are able to reduce re-traumatization of patients and improve the quality of forensic evidence collection, which in turn increases prosecution rates of offenders.

(800) 228-3368