Help for U.S. Citizen Victims of Crime

The State Department is committed to assisting U.S. citizens who become victims of crime while abroad. We support victims overseas and in the United States.

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Overseas

If you are the victim of a crime overseas

  • Resources and contacts vary by country and type of crime. Review the country information page for information on resources in the country you are visiting.
  • Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at (888) 407-4747 (from the U.S. or Canada) or (202) 501-4444(from overseas). Consular officers are available for emergency assistance 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

Consular Assistance to U.S. Citizen Victims of Crime

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.

How We Can Help:

  • Replace a lost or stolen passport
  • Contact family, friends, or employers with written permission, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974
  • Provide information to facilitate access to appropriate medical care
  • Address emergency needs that arise as a result of the crime
  • Explain financial assistance options, such as assistance available to return to the United States
  • Provide information about local points of contact or organizations who discuss relevant host country laws and implementation of those laws
  • Share information about the status of your case in the local criminal justice process when applicable
  • Connect you to overseas and U.S.-based resources for victims of crime, if available
  • Provide a list of local lawyers who speak English

We cannot:

  • Investigate crimes
  • Provide legal advice or represent you in court
  • Serve as official interpreters or translators
  • Pay legal, medical, or other expenses for you
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In The United States

Some U.S. cities and communities offer programs to help residents who are victims of overseas crime, including:

  • Sexual Assault counseling programs
  • Shelter and counseling programs for battered persons
  • Support groups and bereavement counseling for family members and friends of murder victims
  • Diagnostic and treatment programs for child abuse victims
  • Assistance for victims of drunk driving crashes

While all U.S. states provide victim compensation programs, only some states may offer benefits to residents who are victims of violent crime overseas.

Information about each state’s compensation program and how to apply for benefits is available from the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.

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U.S. Victim Assistance Resources

Sexual Assault: 

Domestic Violence:

Families and Friends of Murder Victims:

Victims and Families of Drunk Driving Crashes:

General Victim Assistance:

Disclaimer

Listings of private entities on this page are provided as a convenience and should not be construed as an endorsement by the U.S. Department State or the U.S. government of the entity, its views or the products or services it provides. The order in which names appear has no significance, and the links may be removed at any time at the discretion of the Department.

Last Updated: December 14, 2018