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Resource Guide for Serving U.S. Citizens Victimized Abroad
Publication Date:  April 2008
Victim Services: An International Outlook
Responding to Victimization Abroad
Coordinating Victim Services
If the Victim Remains Abroad
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If the Victim Remains Abroad

When a U.S. citizen is a victim of crime overseas, domestic victim service providers should consider the following:

  • Victim needs can vary dramatically based on the country and its culture, systems, and resources.

  • Victim advocacy at all stages, from victimization through recovery, may not be institutionalized in the country in which the crime occurred.

  • Obtaining information on behalf of victims will be more challenging than in U.S. cases.

  • Gaining access to police or court records may be particularly difficult.

In addition, where a crime should be reported can vary from location to location. In some countries, for a variety of reasons, it is not recommended that a victim report a crime to the local police. Embassies and consulates have people onsite who are familiar with local conditions, and victims should be advised to report crimes to a consular officer who can help them follow a prudent approach to reporting or taking other action.