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For immediate victim assistance call 1 800-879-6682 or 1 800-211-7996 - 24 hours a day. For attorney referrals call 1 (800) FYI-CALL.

The National Victim Center (2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300, Arlington VA 22201, Tel 703-276-2880, Fax 703-276-2889) maintains a list of victims' lawyers in each state who are members of the organization.

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You may want to obtain a victim's advocate first. You can find one at your:

For International resources contact your local crisis center or the International Bar Association. http://www.ibanet.org/ or http://www.ibiblio.org/rcip//internl.html

Do You Need to Find Legal Help? Try the ABA Consumers' Guide to Legal Help

http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm

 

This section contains

Legal resources , victim assistance, disability payments, what help is available in your state, statute of limitations on rape by state, and statute of limitations information for child sexual abuse.

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ABA Consumers' Guide to Legal Help

http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm

A state by state directory of legal assistance from the American Bar Association. You may also try the State and Local Bar Association Directory

http://www.abanet.org/barserv/stlobar.html

 

Legal definition of rape or

sexual assault

http://criminal.findlaw.com/crimes/a-z/rape.html

The legal definition of rape from findlaw. Enter your zip code for state specific information.

 

Criminal law sexual assault information from findlaw

http://criminal.findlaw.com/

Type in your zip code for basic information for the public. Scroll down or click here for victim assistance. Sexual assault information is located under the alphabetic menu.

http://criminal.findlaw.com/crimes/crime_victims.html

 

Find a lawyer:

Directory of Attorneys

http://www.martindale.com/xp/Martindale/home.xml

American Bar Association

http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory.html

National Crime Victim Bar Association

http://www.ncvc.org/vb/main.aspx?dbID=DB_VictimsInfo126

State and Local Bar Association Directory

http://www.abanet.org/barserv/stlobar.html

 

 

Non-profit resources

 

Victim Assistance

http://www.ncvc.org/ncvc/main.aspx?dbID=DB_VictimAssistance207

The National Center for Victims of Crime works to make sure all crime victims get the assistance and information they need. We are committed to doing our best to help you.

 

Victim assistance resources

http://www.aardvarc.org/victim/

A comprehensive collection of victim assistance resources. See the menu on the left side.

 

National Organization for Victim Assistance

www.try-nova.org

The National Organization for Victim Assistance is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization of victim and witness assistance programs and practitioners, criminal justice agencies and professionals, mental health professionals, researchers, former victims and survivors, and others committed to the recognition and implementation of victim rights and services.
(202) 232-6682
(800) try-nova

 

Disability payments

 

Mental illness, like a physical illness, can be disabling. Persons with a serious mental illness are just as entitled to disability payments as persons with a serious physical illness. If you or your relative has a mental illness such as schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, manic depression, or another disabling brain disorder (mental illness), you may be entitled to benefits from the Social Security Administration. For all inquiries, call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213.


National Center for Victims of Crime

www.ncvc.org

The National Center maintains a comprehensive collection of on-line resources in addition to our extensive database of service providers for referrals. The NCVC has a toll-free helpline (1-800-FYI-CALL or 1-800-211-7996 (tty/tdd)) or (202) 467-8700 for assistance finding information.

 

Find out what the statute of limitations on rape and sexual assault is in your state (from RAINN)

http://www.rainn.org/what-should-i-do/criminal-statutes-of-limitation.html

Sign up (or sign in) for- ask a lawyer- free legal advice forum on delphiforums.

 

American Bar Association

http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory.html

A directory of pro bono legal resources.

 

State and Local Bar Association Directory

http://www.abanet.org/barserv/stlobar.html

 

National Crime Victim Bar Association

http://www.ncvc.org/vb/main.aspx?dbID=DB_VictimsInfo126

Civil Justice for Victims of Crime- How to find an attorney, what information to have ready, and a guide for crime victims interested in civil justice. (800) FYI-CALL for a referral.

 

Consumers guide to legal help

http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.html

From the American Bar Association- a guide to seeking legal help.

 

National Sexual Violence Resource Center

http://www.nsvrc.org/

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is a comprehensive collection and distribution center for information, statistics, and resources related to sexual violence. It serves as a resource for state, territory, and tribal anti-sexual assault coalitions, rape crisis centers, allied organizations, community projects, policy-makers, government entities, media, educators, health care providers and others working to address and eliminate sexual assault.

 

Manual for prosecution in ghb and date rape drug cases

http://www.ndaa-apri.org/publications/apri/violence_against_women.html

 

American Bar Association Legal Research page

http://www.abanet.org/tech/ltrc/lawlink/home.html

Lawlink provides quick access to important legal information from the American Bar Association and other resources. Each site is selected and evaluated by a member of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center staff.

 

American Bar Association Legal Guide for Women

 

The ABA Legal Guide for Women covers what every woman needs to know about the law and her rights. It explains women's rights to prevent sex discrimination and sexual harassment at school and work; pregnancy leave, parental leave, and working from home; rights and responsibilities in marriage; the rights of unmarried couples and same-sex couples; divorce and separation; and child support, custody and visitation. Special chapters deal with women's health and reproductive issues, including infertility, contraception, pregnancy, and abortion. Chapters also deal with the law on sexual assault and domestic violence, credit issues for women, and retirement and estate planning. Written in a plain, direct style, without legal jargon, it will help women understand and deal with these important legal aspects of their lives.

 

Private Sector Resources

One-click search of sex offender databases

http://www.criminalcheck.com/

PublicData.com is providing one-click search of sex offender databases in most states.

 

Legal resources for victims of sexual abuse

http://www.smith-lawfirm.com/resources.html

General information for victims including how to find a lawyer (directory), statute of limitations, current events and recommended reading.

 

Directory of women lawyers

http://www.womenlawyers.com/direct1.htm

Listings by state- if you are unable to locate an attorney in our directory, you might want to try your local bar associations

 

Directory of Attorneys

http://www.martindale.com/xp/Martindale/home.xml

Martindale directory of lawyers. Most attorneys submit profile information to this directory. This is a good place to look if you are trying to locate a specific attorney by name or area.

 

Directory of state legal organizations

http://www.alllaw.com/legal_organizations/bar_associations_state/

This includes state bar associations.

 

 

Government Resources

Services provided to victims of sexual assault and rape

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/help/rape.htm

 

National Registry of Sex Offenders

http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/states.htm

National Registry of Sex Offenders. You can view photographs and names of registered offenders by State and City in many areas of the US.

 

Victim assistance by state

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/help/state.htm

Click on the map of states to view local resources.

 

Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center

Criminal Justice Reference Center

www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) was established by the 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to oversee diverse programs that benefit victims of crime.
(800) 627-6872

 

Courts, by State

http://www.ncsconline.org/D_KIS/info_court_web_sites.html#state

 

Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and

Witness Assistance

"The many provisions for crime victims’ rights and remedies are presented, including the Justice for All Act of 2004, which was enacted since the publication of the last edition of this guide."

 

International Victim Assistance / Legal Resources

 

The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)

http://www.glin.gov/

The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the official full texts of published documents to the database in their original language. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN.

 

International Bar Association

http://www.ibanet.org/

The truly global law organisation for individual legal professionals, bar associations and law societies.

 

Rights of Women

http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/

"Rights of Women works to attain justice and equality by informing, educating and empowering women on their legal rights."

 

Legal Research

Educational Resources

 

If you are doing legal research I would recommend making an appointment to speak with a librarian at an area Law Library. If you call and make an appointment ahead of time you will be sure to get the time and attention you need. You can also just stop at the reference desk and ask a research question without calling ahead. Local Universities often have law libraries.

That way the librarian can direct you to the exact resource you need and show you how to use it most efficiently.

 

American Bar Association Legal Research page

http://www.abanet.org/tech/ltrc/lawlink/home.html

Lawlink provides quick access to important legal information from the American Bar Association and other resources. Each site is selected and evaluated by a member of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center staff.

 

Supreme Court decisions 1990 - present, from LLI

http://straylight.law.cornell.edu/supct/search.html

Under archive of decisions select "by topic" 1990- present. Click the criminal law link and then add the search term "sexual assault" in the text box.

 

Reference books for legal research

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/awhhtml/awlaw3/catalogs.html

This is an example of a library of congress search heading:
Trials (Rape)

"Today, there are two major legal encyclopedias:

  • Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) (1936-) and
  • American Jurisprudence (AmJur), 2nd edition, (1952-)

For historical research, the older editions, Corpus Juris (1914-37) and American Jurisprudence (1936-52), are useful, as well as The American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1887-96; 2nd edition, 1896-1905) and Ruling Case Law (1914-21). It is important to remember that each of these encyclopedias is different. Different topics, different subject headings, and different case law may be provided in each. In Corpus Juris Secundum each section has a summary of the law, usually in boldface type, and a reference to a topic heading (a key number) used in the West Digest System, which gives further access to related case law. In American Jurisprudence, research references (usually to American Law Reports, or ALR) are given under each major heading."

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/awhhtml/awlaw3/legal.html

 

Other Encyclopedias

http://www.law.usyd.edu.au/~library/pathfind/intlaw_p.htm


Bledsoe, RL and Boczek, BA International law dictionary, Santa Barbara, Calif, ABC-CLIO, 1987.
Location:Law Ref 341.03 4. This has 368 entries grouped by subject matter into twelve chapters.

Fox, JR Dictionary of international and comparative law, 2nd ed, New York, Oceana Publications, 1997
Location: Law Ref 341.03 6A This has journal abbreviations, popular international law case and convention names.

Parry, C et al Encyclopaedic dictionary of international law, New York, Oceana Publications, 1986
Location: Law Ref 341.03 3. This too includes journal abbreviations, popular international law case and convention names.

Encyclopaedia of public international law, Amsterdam, North-Holland Publishing Co, 1981-1990, Vols 1-12. Location: Law Ref 341.03 1. Each volume covers a particular subject then within each volume are numerous entries. This was updated, partly in 1992 and 1995 with the publication of Encyclopaedia of public international law, Vol 1 A-D; Vol 2 E-I. Other volumes forthcoming.

 

Databases

The two main legal databases are Westlaw and Lexis / Nexis.

Often these are only available for second year law students and are pass-worded because they are very expensive. Sometimes you can access LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe through the main database listings but it is not the same as the one law students use.

Other databases:

  • APAIS: social sciences and public affairs
  • LegalTrac: A major general law index. Produced in the U.S. but indexes journals from other countries and has a wide coverage.
  • Wilson's Index to Legal Periodicals (WilsonWeb): It has an American focus and also has a wide coverage of other jurisdictions.
  • Legal Journals Index: This is a British publication and its coverage is Britain and Europe.
  • Women's Resources International: Described by the US publisher as the ultimate women's studies resource. It includes Child Abuse and Neglect and a Family Studies database as well as covering all women's issues

 

Further Online Resources

Find law legal dictionary

http://dictionary.lp.findlaw.com/

For legal professionals. See below link for state specific information.

 

Legal definition of rape from findlaw by state

http://criminal.findlaw.com/crimes/a-z/rape.html

The legal definition of rape from findlaw. Enter your zip code for state specific information. Sexual assault See also: criminal law from findlaw in the legal section of this site.

 

Cornell Legal Research Encyclopedia

http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/library/encyclopedia/

See: women and the law. This is a good research tool as it has links to other research sites under each subject. There is a link to InSITE: InSITE highlights selected law-related World Wide Web sites.

Cornell's Legal information Institute

FindLaw

Law.com (legal news)

 

Subscribe to Sexual Violence Legal News

http://www.nesl.edu/csr/svnews/

From the New England School of Law.

 

 

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References

Konradi, Amanda,(1996) Understanding rape survivors' preparations for court. Violence Against Women, 2 (1), p25, 37p, 2 charts

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