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Crime Victims Specialists work closely with both police and local victim service agencies to best meet the needs of the victim. They assess the specific needs for each crime victim. Provide crisis intervention, short-term counseling, and follow-up support. Assist the victim with safety planning. Assist the victim in applying for and obtaining compensation. Explain victim’s rights, legal options and procedures. Accompany the victim throughout the criminal justice process and make home or hospital visits when necessary. Provide information to the victim on case status. Crime Victim Specialists also refer the victim to resources in the community, such as medical treatment, specialized counseling, emergency housing and legal services.