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DC Launches Hotline to Connect Crime Victims With Services

Crime victims in the nation's capital have a new resource -- a 24-hour hotline that connects them with support services.

The D.C. Victim Hotline officially launched Wednesday but operated quietly for months, receiving more than 125 calls.

The hotline is meant to be a one-stop number for people affected by any crime. The number doesn't summon emergency responders, but can be used for services needed in the immediate aftermath of a crime or later.

Michelle Garcia, director of the D.C. Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, said services could include finding a bed for the night for a burglary victim, emergency funds for a person who was robbed or help translating court documents.

Questions can be answered through email, text messages and phone calls. 

Residents can reach the hotline at 1-844-4HELPDC, or 1-844-443-5732.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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