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It was only
in the 1960's when, in the US, the state of California started a popular trend toward focusing on cases of crime by calling
for aid and compensation for victims.
The legislation began a popular worldwide movement that continues.
Today, all US states have enacted legislation overseeing programs that
help with monetary compensation, emotional support, and social or family services for crime victims with public awareness raised each year during National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
Due to the
sweeping popularity of such initiatives, victims rights legislation have become a platform for many politicians at the local, state and federal level, with similar legislation being passed in Canada, Europe, the UK and Australia.
Citizens action programs such as MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and similar organizations also aid in the fight to help victims in the U.S. and Canada.
also see -> What You Can Do If You Are a Victim of a Crime
More legal advice for crime victims around the Web:
OVC - Help for Victims-
U.S. federal resources and information for victims of identity theft, bias crimes, stalking, domestic violence, post traumatic stress disorder and related help with hotline numbers, kid-friendly resources.
Help for American Victims of Crime Overseas - US Bureau of Consular Affairs guide to help and compensation available, contact information and 24 hour hotlines for American citizens.
Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime - Recent news headlines, information on free services available for victims of violent crime, related resources, newsletter.
Home Office UK - Victims of Crime - Information for UK citizens on available advice and support and a guide to victim's rights and the restorative justice program.
of Crime - Victoria Department of Justice - Australian court guide to aid and support for Victoria citizens with related helplines, contact info.
provided on these pages is intended as reference
only and does not constitute professional legal advice.