Victim Resources

Identity Theft Victims

What is identity theft? 

Identity theft is a crime. It occurs when someone uses your personal information without your knowledge or permission for financial or other gain. 

What to do right away:

  • Call the companies where you know fraud occurred. Ask to speak with their fraud department and explain that someone stole your identity. 
  • Ask them to close  or freeze the accounts. 
  • Change logins, passwords, and PINS for your accounts.
  • Place a fraud alert on all of your financial accounts (i.e. credit cards, bank accounts, etc.)
  • Contact one of the three credit bureaus listed below:

Equifax 

1-888-766-0008

Experian

1-888-397-3742

Transunion

1-800-680-7289

Get your free credit report right away. Go to Annual Credit Report or call 1-877-322-8228.

If you believe you have been a victim of identity theft. Please call your local law enforcement agency and file a police report.

Information on this page was provided by the Federal Trade Commission.


Crimes Involving Children

If you, or someone you know, has a child that was a victim, or witness, to any of the following, please contact 696-KIDS (216) 696-5437.

  • Physical abuse and neglect
  • Young children home alone
  • Sexual abuse
  • Suspicious child deaths
  • Domestic violence in home with child present


Domestic Violence Victims

What is domestic violence? 

According to the United States Department of Justice, the definition of domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner. Types of abuse could include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, psychological abuse, threats, stalking, and cyberstalking. 

If you, or someone you know, has been victimized by domestic violence, the following resources are available:

The Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC):

The domestic violence helpline: (216) 391-HELP (4357)

Or you can visit their website here.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline:

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224

Local domestic violence shelters have information on developing safety plans to assist in an emergency. The Ohio Attorney General's Crime Victim Section maintains a list of shelters that is available by calling (614) 466-5610 or (800) 582-2877. You can also e-mail CV@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov


Sexual Assault Victims

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is an act in which a person sexually touches another person without that person's consent, or coerces or physically forces a person to engage in a sexual act against their will.

1 in 5 women have been raped in their lifetime.

1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime.

You are not alone.

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center:

24 hours. Free. Anonymous. 

Call/text (216) 619-6192 or (440) 423-2020

To chat a Cleveland Rape Crisis Center associate click here.

Services offered are:

Counseling:

  • The CRCC provides individual and group counseling services to children and adult survivors or rape and sexual abuse, as well as support services to partners, parents, and family members. 
  • Child and family services
  • Support sessions
  • Short-term counseling

Victim Assistance:

  • The center provides information and support for survivors who are considering legal options or navigating the criminal justice process.

Project STAR:

  • Through Project STAR: Sex Trafficking Advocacy and Recovery, the center provides expert, trauma-informed crisis intervention, victim assistance and counseling to survivors of sex trafficking.