Victims of Crime

Being the victim of a crime in a foreign country can be a devastating and traumatic experience. While no one can undo the emotional trauma, physical injury, or financial loss you may have experienced, the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and the Branch Office in Tel Aviv are ready to help. We are here to assist you in managing the practical consequences of being a crime victim and provide you with information about accessing the local criminal justice system, as well as other resources for crime victims abroad and in the United States. This office can assist you to find appropriate medical care, contact family or friends on your behalf, and explain how funds can be transferred. We can also help you to better understand the criminal justice system in Israel.

The investigation and prosecution of a crime is solely the responsibility of local authorities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may assist local authorities in certain cases of kidnapping, hostage-taking and terrorism.

The information included in our informational guide below is provided for general information purposes only. The information may not be relevant to your particular case. You should address specific questions involving the interpretation of Israeli laws to legal counsel, licensed to practice law in Israel (Access the U.S. Embassy’s list of attorneys.)