Victims of Crime

If you are the victim of a crime, first get to a safe location and seek medical attention, if needed. Then, notify local authorities and the U.S. Embassy in Harare.  You can reach the Embassy by telephone at 04-250-593 from a Zimbabwean mobile phone or +263-4-250-593 when dialing from the United States, or by e-mail at consularharare@state.gov.

We can assist you with such issues as: replacing a stolen passport; contacting family, friends, or employers; obtaining appropriate medical care; addressing emergency needs that arise as a result of the crime; obtaining general information about the local criminal justice process and information about your case; obtaining information about local resources to assist victims, including foreign crime victim compensation programs; obtaining information about crime victim assistance and compensation programs in the U.S.; and obtaining a list of local attorneys.

Consular officials cannot, however, investigate crimes, provide legal advice or represent you in court, serve as official interpreters or translators, or pay legal, medical, or other fees for you. For more information about services available to victims of crime, please see the U.S. State Department website.

In addition, victims of crimes may be eligible for assistance or compensation from state crime victims assistance programs, which vary from state to state. Please click here for information about each state’s program.

In addition, information about sexual assault crisis hotline information, counseling services, and other services for crime victims is available here.