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Assistance for Victims of Crimes in France

Assistance for Victims of Crimes in France

U.S. citizens who are victims of a crime overseas may suffer from physical injuries, as well as emotional or financial damages.  Circumstances can be even more difficult to navigate because the victim may find himself/herself in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language or customs.  The American Citizen Services offices at the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Consulate General in Marseille and Strasbourg can assist you in accessing the local criminal justice system and resources for crime victims in France.

If You Are the Victim of a Crime in France:

  1. Contact the local police and get immediate help. Dial 112 (English-speaking European emergency number).
  2. Seek Medical attention. Dial 112 (English-speaking).
  3. Notify the U.S. Embassy

Victims' Assistance Organizations in France:

Getting in touch with one or more victims’ assistance organizations is a good next step.  Many such organizations exist in France to help victims of crime, both with victim counseling and with legal advice.  Such associations are often not substitutes for legal counsel but can offer general guidance and can recommend attorneys.

France Victimes, Umbrella organization for victims’ services. English-speaking counselors on staff. Legal and counseling assistance and referrals available. Call: 116-006 – from the U.S. : 011 33 1 80 52 33 76.  7 days a week, from 9 AM to 7 PM (local time) Email: victimes@france-victimes.fr

In Paris, you may contact Paris Aide Aux Victimes, 4-14 rue Ferrus, 75014 Paris, Tel: 01-4588-1800, and 22 rue Jacques Kellner, 75017 Paris, Tel: 01-5306-8350; contact13@pav75.fr; English-speaking legal advice and other services.

The Embassy has published a list of attorneys who could give you advice in this matter.

Please be aware that many state programs in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands currently offer compensation for their residents who are victimized abroad and meet other eligibility criteria. More states may expand coverage to include crimes committed abroad as awareness of the need increases. For the most up-to-date listing, go to https://nacvcb.org/state-information/.