I’ve Been a Victim of a Crime

Prosecuting a defendant can include several steps. The Illinois Bill of Rights allows victims and witnesses to obtain information at each step. Certain rights must be provided automatically.
  • Be notified when the State begins prosecuting your attacker.
  • Be told – in advance – when you must appear in court.
  • Be notified – in advance – of the date, time, and place the defendant will plead guilty or when a sentencing hearing is scheduled.
  • Be told of an upcoming hearing for the offender.
  • Be told when the offender is granted parole.
  • Be notified if the offender escapes from prison and if the prisoner is later recaptured.
  • Be given information about the social services and financial help available to victims and how to get that assistance.
  • Have a State’s Attorney or victim advocate talk to your employer so you don’t lose pay because you had to appear in court.
  • Have property that was used as evidence returned to you promptly.
  • Be spoken to in a language you understand.
  • Have a safe waiting area when you come to court.
Crime Victims Compensation
If you have been a victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible to apply for financial compensation if:
  • You have been injured as a result of a crime of violence
  • You are a survivor of a victim of a violent crime and are dependent upon the victim for support
  • You are a relative of the victim and you incurred reasonable funeral and/or medical expenses
  • You are a parent of a child who witnessed a violent crime committed against a relative
  • You are an Illinois resident who became a victim of a violent crime in another state or country that does not have a compensation fund for crime victims
If you meet one of the above mentioned criteria, you will be required to:
  • You must report the crime to the authorities within 72 hours and cooperate fully with the officers.
  • If death occurred, you must not have contributed to his or her death by engaging in wrongful conduct or provocation.
Apply for Assistance
To apply for assistance, you should contact:
Illinois Attorney General
Crime Victims Compensation Program
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-2581
Phone: 800-228-3368
TTY: 800-964-3013
Illinois Attorney General Website