FBI Victim Specialists Offer a Lifeline to Victims of Crime

Springfield, IL-(Radio Effingham)- During National Victims of Crime Rights Week, April 24-30, the FBI Springfield raises awareness about the issues and rights of victims of crime, as well as the role of an FBI Victim Specialist in helping and supporting victims with resources and information.

The FBI Victim Assistance Program was established in 2001 to provide victims of crime and their families with professional assistance throughout an investigation. Since then, the program has grown into a division that includes victim specialists, child/adolescent forensic investigators, victim services coordinators specializing in terrorism and mass casualty investigations, operational psychologists and staff. who manages the complex administrative functions of the division.

There are 255 full-time employees located at FBI headquarters and the 56 field offices. Since its inception in 2001, the FBI Victim Assistance Program has provided services – such as crisis intervention, emergency travel assistance and local referral for counseling, housing and other services – to over 2 million victims and conducted over 14,000 child/adolescent forensic investigations. interviews.

“In the case of victims of crime, the role of the FBI extends far beyond an investigative interview. The FBI takes a victim-centered approach, committed not only to providing the help and resources they need, but also to protecting their privacy and ensuring their safety. Victim Specialists advocate for victims of crime, ensuring they receive appropriate services – even the most basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter and medical care – to help reduce the effects of trauma. Helping early on and throughout the investigation is critical to setting crime victims on the path to recovery,” said David Nanz, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Springfield Field Office.

The FBI’s Victim Services Response Team (VSRT), designed to provide support to victims during large-scale events, has been deployed to crime scenes like the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, which left 59 dead and 850 injured; the shooting at the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people died; and the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania synagogue that left 11 people dead. Additionally, VSRT works with local agencies to reach people who were present but uninjured at mass casualty events. They may be eligible to receive services, including counseling, and may also have information that can aid in an investigation.

This website offers more information about the assistance and services the FBI provides to victims of crime and their families.

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