Syracuse City Victim Services

Lotus Flower

Just like the lotus, we too have the ability to rise from the mud, bloom out of the darkness and radiate into the world.

-Author Unknown

Victim advocates are professionals trained to support victims of crime. Advocates offer information, emotional support, and help finding resources.

Victims of Crimes

Are you a victim of a crime and feeling like there is nowhere to find help? Do you know a victim of ongoing violence or domestic abuse?

If you are a victim of a crime - whether it’s an assault, theft, fraud, domestic violence, sexual assault, or any other violent crime - you are not alone. We can help by doing the following:

  • Help you exercise your victims’ rights
  • Answer questions with which you may be struggling
  • Inform you of your rights as a victim
  • Support you through the criminal justice court process
  • Provide support and advocacy through our victim services program
  • Connect you with beneficial community resources
  • Provide safety and an opportunity to heal
  • Filing for a Protective Order or Civil Stalking Injunction for your protection
  • Filing for financial assistance from Crime Victim Reparations

If you have been the victim of a crime, please call the Syracuse Police Department at 801- 825-4400 or contact Syracuse City Victim Advocate, Celeste Hopkins.

City Services Provided

Since its creation in 2017,  Syracuse City Victim Services has helped hundreds of residents who have been victims of crime. These services included:

  • Follow up with victims via telephone, email, and letters
  • Educating victims on the dynamics of domestic violence
  • Assist victims in obtaining civil protective orders, stalking injunctions, and criminal protective orders
  • Assisting victims in accessing crime victim reparation funds
  • Engaging the community in victim outreach through the use of volunteers
  • Advocacy provided with the City prosecutor regarding victims wishes through the criminal justice process
  • Notification of court proceedings
  • Information provided, and questions answered regarding criminal justice process
  • Communication with law enforcement regarding individual cases