Like you, I am a victim and survivor of a violent crime. My sister, her husband and their unborn child were murdered many years ago. The devastation caused by violent crime in our lives is something few others can understand that have not experienced it. Whether you have survived a sexual assault or domestic violence, the homicide of a loved one, or other life-changing violence, know that you have a family here in the Marsy’s Law community. We are working together to change history and strengthen protections for victims in the criminal justice system so that the legal process doesn’t make things worse for us. We invite you to join this family, this movement. Together our voices will help victims to have better outcomes. Thank you for sharing your stories, and for turning our pain into greater purpose.

Love and Support,
Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins,
Marsy’s Law for Illinois

RESOURCES:

What Marsy’s Law Does

Dept. of Justice

Office of Victims of Crime

Crime Stoppers

MADD

Amber Alerts

National Domestic Violence Registry

Surviving Parents Coalition

Clery Center for Security on Campus

Compassionate Friends

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes

National Crime Victim Law Institute

The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) is a non-profit research, education, and advocacy organization located at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. NCVLI is the only national organization in the country working to protect victims’ rights in criminal trial and appellate courts. NCVLI’s mission is to actively promote balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing.

National Center For Crime Victims

The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them.

National Organization For Victim Assistance

Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national group of its kind in the worldwide victims’ movement. NOVA’s mission is to promote rights and services for victims of crime and crisis everywhere.

National Organization Of Parents Of Murdered Children

Dedicated to providing ongoing emotional support to anyone, family member or friend, who is working through the trauma-grief of losing a loved one to murder or the violence of an attempted murder.

National Organization Of Victims Of Juvenile Murderers

The National Organization of Victims Of Juvenile Murderers (NOVJM) exists to support and inform loved ones who were murdered by juveniles, and also to advocate for victims’ rights in the criminal justice system.

Common Ground

Common Ground’s Victim Assistance Program provides access to counselors and advocates for crime victims.