The State Department is committed to assisting U.S. citizens who become victims of crime while abroad. Officers support victims overseas and in the United States.
If you are the victim of a crime overseas
Consular Assistance to U.S. Crime Victims
When a U.S. citizen is the victim of a crime overseas, he or she may suffer from physical, emotional or financial injuries. It can be more difficult because the victim may be in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language or customs. Consular staff at overseas posts know local government agencies and resources in the countries where they work.
We can help
Some U.S. cities and communities offer programs to help residents who are victims of overseas crime, including:
All U.S. states provide victim compensation programs. However only some states offer benefits to residents who are victims of violent crime overseas. Most compensation programs require the victim to file a report at the time of the incident, and to provide a copy with the application. Programs include financial assistance to pay for:
Information about each state’s compensation program and how to apply for benefits is available from the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.
Families and Friends of Murder Victims:
Victims and Families of Drunk Driving Crashes:
General Victim Assistance: