Consular Assistance to Victims of Crime
Being a victim of a crime in a foreign country, can be a devastating and traumatic experience. While no one can undo the emotional trauma, physical injury, or financial loss you may have experienced, our Special Consular Services units in Germany are ready to help. We are very concerned about violent crimes committed against U.S. citizens in Germany. We will help you in managing the practical consequences of being a crime victim, and provide you with information about contacting the local criminal justice system, as well as other resources for crime victims abroad and in the United States.
- Help you in replacing a lost/stolen passport.
- Help you in finding appropriate medical care if you are injured.
- Help you contact family or friends and explain how funds can be transferred.
- Help you in finding shelter, food or clothing.
- Provide a list of English-speaking attorneys.
- Provide general information about the criminal justice process.
- Provide information about crime victim assistance resources in your state of residence, if you are returning to the United States.
- Investigate crimes.
- Provide legal advice or represent you in court.
- Serve as official interpreters or translators.
- Pay legal, medical, or other fees for you.
- Request preferential treatment for U.S. citizens during legal proceedings in Germany.
Additional Resources for Crime Victims in Germany
- Weißer Ring: Relief organization for victims of crimes.
- Frauen Gegen Gewalt E.V.: Lists the “Frauennotrufe” (women’s emergency call centers) in Germany. Resources on campaigns, projects and on counselling in protecting women against violence.
- Missbrauch-Opfer.info: Comprehensive list of organizations offering aid after a sexual and/or violence-related crime. Select your “Bundesland” and then your nearest city.
- Kinderschutzbund: Help line for children and teenagers (anonymous and confidential advice). Hotline: 116111030/214 809 – 0
Disclaimer: We assume no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of or the quality of service provided by the aforementioned persons or organizations. This information is provided merely as a convenience to U.S. citizens in Germany and in no way constitutes an official recommendation by the U.S. government or its representatives.
Last Updated: October 21, 2020