Crime Victim Center helps victims and their families
overcome the negative effects of crime through
help, change, and knowledge.
CVC helps victims of any and all crime and their families with a full range of advocacy and crisis intervention services. All our services are free of charge and available to victims, families and community members affected by crime and violence. Specialized services are available for victims of homicide and domestic violence. For more information on specific services, please click the drop down menu for the service you are interested in.
CVC provides the services necessary to help victims of crime throughout the Metropolitan St. Louis area (and other areas as requested) reconstruct their lives following the trauma of victimization. Services include:
Criminal justice guidance
Help for domestic violence victims filing for and obtaining orders of protection
Information on victim issues and victim rights
Preparation for restorative justice activities
Referral to community resources, and
Assistance filing victim compensation.
CVC serves as an advocate for public policy change bringing about a more compassionate and fair treatment of victims by the community in general and by the criminal justice system in particular.
We lead and participate in coalitions, collaborations and task forces to develop best practices and policies for the most fair, ethical and efficient treatment of victims.
We testify for laws at the local, state and national levels that provide better opportunities for victims to find justice. We help law makers write laws that reflect the needs of victims and include them in our collective definition of justice.
Through our PreventEdge program and other innovative training modules, CVC trains individuals, law enforcement, schools, corporations and community organizations in crime prevention and victim service strategies to improve the safety and well-being of our community. We provide training in:
Community safety & basic crime prevention
Understanding victims' needs following crime or violence
Restorative justice principles
To find out more or arrange for a free training for your group or organization, please contact (314) 652-3623 to speak with our Director of Volunteers and Training.
All of CVC's staff are trained in the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) model of crisis response. Together with other practitioners we provide "psychological first aid" to victims of mass crime or tragedy. Our staff is ready to respond within 24 hours to local disasters and 72 hours for national calls for help.
CVC and the Crisis Response Team (Metropolitan St. Louis area):
Since 1993, CVC has been a member of the Missouri-NOVA Gateway Regional Crisis Response Team (CRT). CRT has been responding to crises in the workplace, neighborhoods, organizations and corporations. Our role is to help teams, companies, departments, organizations, congregations and more deal with the trauma experienced when an act of crime or violence affects a large group or community.