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Help for Victims
Help for Victims
The Division of Victim Services (DVS) provides a voice advocating for and responding to all victims of crime in Michigan. In addition to funding community-based programs that provide vital services to crime victims and their families throughout Michigan, DVS also provides reimbursement for sexual assault medical forensic examinations, direct compensation to victims though Michigan's Crime Victim Compensation program, and supports the statewide victim notification system (MI-VINE). Learn more about DVS-funded programs and services below.
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Crime Victim Compensation
If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, certain expenses may qualify for Crime Victim Compensation coverage. This program may help pay out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost earnings, funeral bills, counseling, or other expenses for people who have been harmed as the direct result of a crime.
Sexual Assault Hotline
Michigan's Sexual Assault Hotline has trained advocates available to listen without judgment and offer support to you 24/7/365. The hotline is confidential. This means that we will not share your information. It is also anonymous. This means that the information that you do share with us, stays with us.
Domestic Violence Hotline
If you or a loved one has experienced domestic violence, help is available 24/7/365. Michigan’s Domestic Violence Hotline is a free and confidential resource for victims to call, text or chat. Day or night, trained advocates can provide you with crisis support and connect you with counseling, services, and resources in your area.
MI-VINE is a free, confidential 24-hour service that provides timely access to offender data for crime victims, their families, and the general public. Users can register to be notified of changes in an offender’s status, such as release, transfer, or escape. This service is available 24 hours a day online, over the phone, or by email.
Did you know that if you are a victim of sexual assault, you can get a forensic exam without being billed for it? Sexual assault victims should never be billed for or pay for the medical forensic exam, and a hospital, doctor or nurse cannot require a sexual assault victim to talk to the police in order to get a medical forensic examination.
Address Confidentiality Program
The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is administered by the Michigan Department of Attorney General and conceals the addresses of individuals at risk of being harmed from being located by their perpetrators through public records and provides an official designated/substitute address.
Campus Sexual Assault
Click the links below for national resources and hotlines related to specific crime areas.