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Victims Rights and Services

The Office for Victims of Crime offers information and resources for those in need of support. For additional information on available services in your area, visit OVC’s Directory of Crime Victim Services.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office offers a number of services to assist with victims compensation, patient abuse or neglect, identity theft, consumer fraud and scams. Visit the link above or call 614-466-5610 or 1-800-582-2877.

  • Apply for Victim Compensation – If you or your family members are innocent victims of a violent crime, financial assistance may be available.
  • Receive Notification – The VINElink system is an automated information and notification resource that provides users the ability to search for an offender’s custody status and to register to receive a notification when a change in status occurs.

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Counseling and housing in Later Life

If you or a loved one has been a victim of domestic violence, seek the help of friends, family members or community organizations, and if you believe a crime has been committed, call 9-1-1 for a law enforcement response. Domestic violence programs and advocates can help you find support, develop safety plans, locate shelters and fill out the paperwork necessary to get legal help and protection.

To locate a domestic violence program in your area:

A victim’s immediate concern after a sexual assault should be his/her health and safety. More and more cities have sexual assault centers that can provide advanced treatment to victims in a more private and much less hectic setting than your local hospital. Find your local sexual assault centers and other resources here. Other Ohio resources include:

To find counseling services in your community for mental health or substance abuse issues, follow the links below.

  • To find local Mental Health providers, click here
  • To find local Substance Abuse assistance, click here or call 1-800-788-7254
  • Suicide is a major public health problem that kills 1,200 Ohioans each year with an average of three deaths per day. The most common group to commit suicide is males, ages 36-65. Suicide is preventable. Learn more from the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS, CALL 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or click here for the suicide prevention hotline in your county.

The Ohio Housing Locator lets you search for housing in Ohio based on zip code, handicap accessibility, housing specifically for seniors, rural or metro locations and more.

  • The Ohio Long-Term Care Consumer Guide provides information about nursing homes and assisted living facilities to help individuals, family members, and professionals search for the appropriate facility to meet an individual’s needs.