Many victims of crimes go through a difficult
adjustment period following a crime. Whether the victim has been
physically hurt or had their home broken into, chances are the crime
will have an impact on them. The trauma people experience from being
victimized by crime is not a weakness. It is a stress reaction to the
loss of safety and security brought about by the crime.
There are certain rights you as a victim of crime
are entitled to. Additionally, there are a wide variety of resources
available in our local communities to help victims cope with the stress
of crime and to help you navigate your way through the criminal justice
process. This will help introduce you to your rights and some local
services available to you as a victim of crime.
You have the right to:
Victim Services Units
Local prosecutors and some police departments
have specialized units providing services to crime victims. These
services typically include:
Occurring in University City
Occurring in the City of St. Louis
Occurring in St. Louis County
Additional Crime Victim Services
In addition to the agencies listed above, the
Crime Victim Advocacy Center in St. Louis offers services to victims
whether or not a suspect has been arrested, or in cases where the
victim has not pursued prosecution. The Advocacy Center also provides
free counseling services. Contact the Crime Victim Advocacy Center at
Crime Victim Compensation
In the state of Missouri, a victim of a crime may
be reimbursed for certain expenses incurred as the result of that
crime. These include: Hospital or doctor bills. Counseling fees.
Loss of wages as the result of physical injury or death.
Who is Eligible?
Victims of an injury or death occurring in
Crime Victims' Compensation will pay a maximum of
For more information or to receive a claim form,
Obtaining a Copy of a Police
To request a copy of a police report, you may
contact the following agencies:
St. Louis Police 314-444-5590