When you’ve been a victim of a crime – a violent crime, personal crime or property crime – you’ve experienced trauma. You might feel afraid, scared, confused or worried you might lose everything. Cornerstone’s General Crime Victim Services program goes beyond domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking. We believe all people who’ve had any type of victimization are deserving of advocacy and support. We can help anyone who has experienced a crime. There is no requirement to contact law enforcement or police at any time in order to receive services from Cornerstone. We are a safe place for you to get help after a crime has occurred.
We can assist you if you’ve experienced any of the following crimes:
- Arson or other property damage
- Identity theft
- Gun violence
- Homicide (surviving family members)
- Elder abuse
- Auto theft
- Victim of Impaired Drivers
- Bias/Hate Crimes
- Other crimes against people or property
Our advocates are connected to resources in the community and are knowledgeable about options for victims of crime. Call our General Crime Victim Services Line at 612.767.9844 to connect with a Cornerstone advocate.
As a victim of crime, there are certain rights you have as your case makes its way through the criminal court process. You can read the Minnesota State Statute for Crime Victims here. Our General Crime Victim Services advocates can interpret the law and explain crime victim rights. Additionally, we can offer emotional support, help you to address safety concerns and provide you with resources and referrals.
The legal system can be overwhelming and confusing, but there are options available to victims of crime. We can help you determine if a restraining order or order for protection is right for you and connect you with a Cornerstone advocate who can assist you in filing an order. Cornerstone advocates can also accompany you to criminal court proceedings, civil court hearings and family court. While we are not attorneys, we can connect you to other organizations who can help with legal representation.
Emergency Financial Assistance
If you are experiencing additional expenses as a result of a crime, funds may be available to crime victims throughout the state of Minnesota. Cornerstone’s advocates can help you file a claim for reparations or apply for emergency funds.
Cornerstone’s licensed therapists have expertise in helping adults and children 6-17 process traumatic events, identify triggers and provide healthy coping skills. Our therapy team uses a trauma-informed approach as they listen to and support you. We can help you with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression or disrupted family functioning. Therapy is offered on a sliding fee scale.
Cornerstone offers support for crime victims. Our General Crime Victim Services team has specialized training and access to resources for people who’ve experienced a crime and are seeking help. Contact us to learn what options are available to crime victims in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. We can help you process what you’ve experienced, learn your rights, address safety concerns and potentially apply for financial support — whether or not you’ve connected to police and law enforcement.