Victim Services Overview
The Office of the Indiana Attorney General is committed to providing services and assistance to survivors of crime. The Indiana Constitution guarantees victims of crime fairness, respect, and dignity. The office sustains that promise by supporting those affected directly, and indirectly, by crime in Indiana. The office provides support by administering the Address Confidentiality Program, Hope Card Program, and Appellate Victim Notification Programs.
Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)
The Address Confidentiality Program allows victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, harassment, intimidation or invasion of privacy to maintain a confidential address through the Attorney General’s Office. It’s not witness protection, nor is it a total guarantee of safety. It’s simply one thing victims of such crimes can do to help take their lives back. Many times, a confidential address is part of a larger, overall safety plan.
Hope Card Program
The Indiana Hope Card Program allows anyone with a valid, long-term, order of protection for domestic violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault to request a card that summarizes the order's most important details. Click here for more information.
Human trafficking is the fastest-growing and second-largest criminal industry in the world, generating roughly $150.2 billion worldwide. According to the Trafficking in Persons Report produced by the State Department, approximately 27 million men, women, and children are victims of some form of human trafficking. Human trafficking occurs when people are recruited to work or provide services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion, and it includes labor and sex trafficking. Click here for more information.
Appellate Victim Notification Program
After defendants are convicted of crimes and sentenced, they can choose to appeal. When they do, the Office of the Attorney General represents the state and works diligently to keep the criminals in jail or prison. The Appellate Victim Notification Program assists victims of crime during the appeals stage by helping them understand and cope with the process. It keeps victims informed and involved throughout the appellate proceedings and can also help provide referrals to other services.
Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund
Victims interested in seeking financial assistance through the Indiana Violent Crime Victim Compensation Fund can learn more on the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s website.