A victim of a crime suffers tremendous burden, through not only physical pain, but emotional distress, sleepless nights, and time away from work. The physical, emotional, and mental effects of being the victim of a crime may lead to a victim losing their job, their home, and their overall sense of self-worth. Many victims even suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which can interfere with day-to-day life.
Many crime victims are unsure of what to expect after reporting a crime. The resources on this page can help you learn about and navigate the legal system, reach justice, and find peace.
We have written about:
- the Rights of Sexual Abuse Victims in PA,
- Civil Liability as a Financial Remedy, and
- Crime Victim Compensation: Insurance Coverage.
It’s also important to keep track of some information following a crime, as this information may aid you in your fight for justice.
- Get the name and phone number of the arresting officer or investigating agency.
- Know the county where the crime was committed.
- Establish contact with the District Attorney’s office.
- Learn the name of the judge assigned to the case and where his/her courtroom is located.
- Make copies of all medical bills (this includes physicians as well as psychologists and counseling bills).
- Keep a running log of missed days at work.
As a victim of crime, it’s important to follow positive coping strategies. After a trauma, victims should pay special attention to their well-being. Some coping strategies include:
- Finding someone to talk to about how you are feeling, whether a close friend or a counselor
- Keeping a journal
- Re-establishing a daily routine, without overdoing it
- Maintaining a regular sleep routine
- Eating regular, healthy meals
Lastly, while the criminal justice system seeks to prosecute those who have wronged you, but it is not the only avenue you have for seeking justice. The Pennsylvania civil justice system presents another opportunity for you to receive compensation for abuse suffered.
Feel free to contact us. We can help you determine the best approach for your specific situation.