Crime Victim Assistance
Updated February, 2016
Assistance for Victims of Crime
Crime victim assistance or victim support programs assist victims in the immediate aftermath of a crime by providing crisis intervention, assistance with immediate needs, emergency shelter, trauma counseling, and information about the criminal justice system. Victim assistance or victim support programs also help victims as their cases progress through the criminal justice process by providing timely information about important case events, accompanying victims to court to provide support, and/or referring victims to appropriate services, including victim compensation.
When an American citizen becomes a victim of crime, he or she first should contact the local police. In most regions of Lithuania, the local police forces cooperate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide temporary shelter and other assistance.
The U.S. Embassy in Vilnius also maintains the following list of victim assistance or victim support programs and victim compensation programs, both in the United States and Lithuania. The U.S. Embassy assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the individuals or organizations listed. The following organizations are listed in alphabetical order and their relative position on this list should not be construed as indicating any kind of preference on the part of the U.S. Embassy.
Missing Persons' Families Support Centre
Tel: 8 800 261 61
Vilnius Family Crisis Center
Vytenio 45, Vilnius
+370 5 233 2508
Tel: +370 5 240 5948, +370 5 233 9644
Vilnius Women’s House
Tel: +370 5 2616380, +370 67350157
Women's Issues Information Center
S. Konarskio 49-808
Telephone (support): +370 5 2629003
For other locations please see: Specialized Help Centers (in Lithuanian).
For more information please read: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/victims.html
Compensation for Foreign Victims of Crime in Lithuania
Victims of violent crime and surviving families of such victims may receive compensation for both material and non-material losses. For more information please read: Compensation to violent crime victims.