Community Resources


The St. Joseph Public Library has in its collection several books about how to handle becoming a victim of crime. The library staff can assist you in finding information that best suits your particular situation, however, there are books that apply to all victims of crime that may be helpful to you:
  • The Rights of the Victim by Margaret O. Hyde
  • Crime Victims Guide to Justice by Mary L. Boland (this title is available in English, Spanish, and on the computer file netLibrary)
  • The Crime Victim's Book by Morton Bard and Dawn Sangrey (also at Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library)
  • The Rights of Crime Victims by James Stark and Howard Goldstein (this title is available also on the computer file netLibrary)
  • Victim's Rights by Leigh Glenn (available only on computer file netLibrary)
  • Bilingual Dictionary of Criminal Justice Terms: English/Spanish by Virginia Breneman Crime and the Law: A Look at the Criminal Justice System by Maxine Phillips

Particular Crimes

Some books for victims of particular crimes:
  • Hidden Victims: The Other Side of Murder
  • Everything You Need to Know About Healing from Rape Trauma by Cheryl Branch Coppen
  • I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping, and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel

Book for Children

A book for children who need to be informed about the criminal justice system:
  • Justice by Joan Johnson

Online Resources

There is a lot of information available online for victims of crime. You can reach the following organizations by phone or online for information on victims' services throughout the country and the area.

Name Phone Number
Battered Women's Justice Project 800-903-0111
Childhelp USA National Hotline 800-422-4453
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 800-438-6233
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 800-843-5678
National Center for Victims of Crime 800-394-2255
National Children's Alliance 800-239-9950
National Criminal Justice Reference System N/A
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
National Fraud Information Hotline 800-876-7060
National Organization for Victim Assistance 800-879-6682
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 800-537-2238
National Sexual Violence Resource Center 800-739-3895
National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center 866-472-8824
Office for Victims of Crime 800-627-6872
Parents of Murdered Children 888-818-7662
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network 800-656-3223
Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Child Protection, and Custody 800-527-3223
Women's Justice Center website (information in English and Spanish) N/A