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Helping Crime Victims

Helping Crime Victims   Crime Victims Assistance Line: 1-800-228-3368 (Voice)
1-877-398-1130 (TTY)

Violent crime is a senseless, often random act, and it is far too common in today’s society. It is no longer enough to ensure that offenders receive the harshest punishment under the law. Victims and their families need support as they attempt to rebuild lives torn apart by tragedy.

The Attorney General's Office has made it a priority to provide services to help victims meet their challenges and regain peace of mind. Programs administered by the Crime Victim Services Division include:

The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program provides direct financial
assistance to innocent victims of violent crime to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses related to the crime.

The Domestic Violence Fund provides funding for legal advocacy, legal assistance, and legal services to victims of domestic violence who are or have been married or in a civil union. This fund is awarded from a portion of marriage license fees and a portion of civil union license fees. Any public or private not-for-profit agency that provides services to victims of domestic violence may apply to the Illinois Attorney General for funding from the Domestic Violence Fund.

The Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA) Program provides grants to victim and witness assistance programs throughout the state. Here, you will find links to the Quarterly Report, Eligibility Requirements, List of Grantees, RFP Information, and Application Kits.

The Automated Victim Notification (AVN) System allows crime victims throughout Illinois to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day via telephone, Web, or e-mail.

The Statewide Victim Assistance Program provides services to crime victims and witnesses whose cases are prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General, including Sexually Violent Persons petitions. The program is also available to the 102 state’s attorneys across Illinois.

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program trains registered nurses and other professionals who treat and assist sexual assault patients to provide a higher level of care and reduce re-traumatization of victims.

The Illinois Victim Assistance Academy is a 40-hour intensive course of study for crime victim service providers and law enforcement personnel. The IVAA is designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Illinois.

The Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act:
In 2016, Attorney General Madigan led an effort with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault to pass The Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act. The law contains new requirements for law enforcement authorities and hospitals to improve their response to sexual assault victims.

Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Services Implementation Task Force
The Implementation Task Force was created by Public Act 100-0775 to assist Hospitals and Approved Pediatric Health Care Facilities with implementing changes to the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA). Public Act 100-0775 significantly amends SASETA to ensure quality medical forensic services are provided to all sexual assault survivors.

Investigation into the Catholic Church

In August 2018, The Attorney General's Office announced it was initiating an investigation into the six dioceses of the Catholic Church in Illinois for a complete and accurate account of sexual abuse against children by priests and clergy in Illinois.

Attorney General's Office also launched a hotline to report incidents of sexual abuse and assault by clergy in Illinois: 1-888-414-7678. The hotline is answered by trained staff during business hours, and messages will be returned if contact information is provided. People can also send emails to

Preliminary Findings on the Attorney General’s Investigation


Effective January 1, 2019, the Illinois Voices of Immigrant Communities Empowering Survivors (VOICES Act) sets guidelines for requests submitted to law enforcement agencies in Illinois asking the agency to complete the certification form an individual may include in his or her federal application for a “U” or “T” visa. To submit a request to the Illinois Attorney General’s Office pursuant to the VOICES Act, please contact


Workshops, Training & Conferences: Check out upcoming workshops, trainings, and conferences providing resources and information to assist and support crime victims in Illinois.

Downloadable Resources: Download various Crime Victim Services Division brochures, fact sheets, and applications.

Links: Check out this list of links to various related Web sites.

For additional information on the Crime Victim Services Division, please contact:

Crime Victim Services Division
Office of the Attorney General
100 West Randolph Street, 13th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
312-814-4231 (fax)
Crime Victims Assistance Line: 1-800-228-3368 - 1-877-398-1130 (TTY)

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