If you are the victim of violent crime, North Dakota has resources to help.
In honor of National Crime Victims Rights week, we sat down with the Abused Adult Resource Center to better understand what’s out there.
North Dakota has a crime victims compensation program. An AARC Project Coordinator says, in order to receive the help, victims need to report the crime within 96 hours, and be willing to cooperate with law enforcement.
The state funds can cover any medical bills associated with injuries, as well as rape and STD testing. It will also cover any follow-up medical care, including therapy.
When it comes to staying out of harm’s way, AARC can assist with getting a protection order, setting up a safety plan, and if necessary, find you the right shelter.
The Project Coordinator says they will always find room.
AARC Human Trafficking Project Coordinator Ambree Schmidt explains, “If someone called us and they were frantic and it’s a major safety issue and we were full, we would just figure it out. We’d use couches, we’d pull out mattresses if we needed to. Whatever we need to do to make sure that victim’s safe.”
Schmidt says the application is not lengthy or complicated, and you can find it online.
We have a link to the form right here: https://docr.nd.gov/crime-victims-compensation.