Physical violence is one of the most common forms of trauma experienced by the general population. The impact of violent crime is devastating to victims, their family members, loved ones, and their community. Although there may never truly be closure or a return to normalcy for victims and their loved ones, helping them understand and assert their rights and access the services they need is critical if they are to regain a sense of control. The services and support of victim advocates are critical to crime victims, but victims also need a coordinated effort from multiple disciplines to ensure that they understand and have access to their rights, services and compensation to which they are entitled.
The following resources offer victim assistance information, research findings, and educational materials on physical assault.