Helping a Crime Victim

  • Don't blame or judge the victim.
  • Let the victim know that you are sorry for what happened.
  • Offer the support of a professional counselor.
  • Tend to the immediate physical or emotional needs of the victim.
  • Do not disturb any crime scenes.
  • Offer to support the victim if they decide to contact the police.
  • Listen to the victim if they are willing to talk about the crime.
  • Help with transportation, babysitting, cooking, or other everyday needs.
  • Offer to accompany the victim to the police station, hospital, or court.
  • Tell the victim you will continue to be there for support and follow up with him/her later.