If you are the victim of a crime in a foreign country, it 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 Sections 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. Our offices can help you in finding appropriate medical care, contacting family or friends on your behalf, and explaining how funds can be transferred. We can also help you to better understand the criminal justice system in Germany, which is very different from the system in the United States.
Furthermore, our Special Consular Services Sections can:
- Help you in replacing a lost/stolen passport
- Help you in finding appropriate medical care if you are injured
- Help you finding shelter, food or clothing
- Provide a list of English-speaking Attorneys
- Provide information about crime victim assistance resources in your state of residence if you are returning to the U.S.
Consular officials cannot, however, investigate crimes, provide legal advice or represent you in court, serve as official interpreters or translators, or pay legal, medical, or other fees for you.
Resources for Crime Victims in Germany
- Directory of International Crime Victim Compensation Programs
- 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. Page is in German only. Hotline: 0800 333 0 666
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 American citizens in Germany and in no way constitutes an official recommendation by the U.S. Government or its representatives.