Surviving Violent Crimes Handbook

Surviving Violent Crimes Handbook

Our Surviving Violent Crime Handbook has information that’s been useful for helping victims and survivors of crime understand the criminal justice process and cope with the range of emotions they may experience. Click the link below to download a copy.


“Misfortune is great, but human beings are even greater than misfortune.”

– Rabindranath Tagore


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the loss of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”

– Victor Fankl, Holocaust Survivor


“Acceptance comes when you decide you care whether your own life continues or not.”

– Ralph Shelton, father whose son was killed by a sniper


“It is unfair to subject those courageous enough to appear and testify to months or even years of living in fear for their own safety and that of their family. Although this fear cannot be eliminated, it can be mitigated by keeping the home addresses and phone numbers of victims and witnesses private. At the onset, there is no reason why police or prosecutors should release this information to the news media. If jurisdictions required that certain police reports be open to the public, they should either amend their statutes or redesign their forms so that this information is not available for publication.”

 – President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime