Legal Help for Victims of Crime
Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont are members of the Vermont Legal Partnership for Victims. The partnership also includes the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, the South Royalton Legal Clinic at Vermont Law School, Have Justice Will Travel, Disability Rights Vermont and the Vermont Bar Association.
If you are in danger right now, call 911 or go to the police.
A crime victim is a person who has suffered harm because a crime was committed. If you believe that you are a victim of a crime, whether or not you have made a police report, you may be eligible for legal help if you have legal problems because of the crime. Here are examples of crimes our clients have experienced:
- domestic violence and stalking
- abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult
- sexual violence or exploitation
- hate crimes related to race, ethnicity, language or national origin
- theft, fraud or identity theft
- property damage
The Vermont state statutes list most crimes under V.S.A. Title 13.
Kinds of help we can provide
We can provide legal help to victims of crime with a wide range of legal problems, including:
- victims of domestic violence who want protective orders
- elders and vulnerable adults facing abuse or financial exploitation
- victims with housing, employment or government benefits problems
- victims who need help safeguarding their rights through the course of criminal proceedings
How to get help
- Fill out our form and we will call you back. Your information will be sent to Legal Services Vermont, which screens requests for help for both Vermont Legal Aid and Legal Services Vermont. You can also call us at 1-800-889-2047. If you fear for your safety, we do not recommend using the online form. Information entered online may be stored in the computer you are using. It may be recovered by someone with computer knowledge. Please call us at 1-800-889-2047 if you have concern for your safety.
- See the Relief from Abuse section of our website. Follow this link to our RFA Roadmap, which explains what a Relief from Abuse (RFA) order is and shows you how to ask the court for one — even on weekends, holidays and after hours. Follow the steps, which include some short videos, and learn you where you can find help.
- Visit the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services website to find out more information about victims compensation, restitution, victims advocates and other helpful information.