Right to Assistance

While reporting an incident, throughout the investigation, and during the trial, victims of a crime may also obtain legal assistance from a lawyer or emotional support from a criminal psychosocial counsellor or a trusted individual. This right to assistance is particularly crucial as it helps the victim cope with the additional stress and tension of the criminal trial.

Victims have the right to benefit from free and confidential support services before, during, and after the criminal process.

The Instituto Pró Vítima offers emotional support, legal information, and assistance with practical matters to all citizens who have been or are victims of a crime. This service can also be provided to victims of public calamities and natural disasters. It’s important to note that the guidance received does not replace consultation with a lawyer or therapy.

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