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Bias Crime Victims' Support Service
     
  After a Bias Crime occurs, a Police Officer or Victim Advocate will give the victim a brochure that describes the telephone referral system.

The Bias Crime Victim will call an "800" number for the Bias Crime Victims' support service. The support service will gather the relevant information, and offer the victim the opportunity to talk with a trained volunteer. The organization will also make referrals to the government, medical and social service agencies, and cultural advocacy groups if appropriate.

The Bias Crime Victims' support service will contact one of the trained volunteers, selecting them based on factors such as their geographic location, experience with the type of incident that the bias crime victim has suffered, and the general availability. Information about the victim will be shared so that the volunteer can best address the victim's particular needs.

The trained volunteer will call the bias crime victim, share information and help end the feeling of isolation that often flows from a bias crime incident.

To make the telephone referral system a success please volunteer!
Call the Office of Bias Crime at 1-800-277-BIAS

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New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
25 Market Street, P.O. Box 085
Trenton, NJ 08625-0085
(609) 984-6500

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