Help for American Victims of Crime in Malta
Information for Victims of Crime in Malta
If you become a victim of crime or know of someone who is, please contact the American Citizen Services office at the U.S. Embassy. Please note the Embassy Emergency Number is +356 2561 4000.
The U.S. Embassy in Malta is committed to assisting U.S. citizens who become victims of crime while abroad. If you are the victim of a crime in a foreign country, it can be a devastating and traumatic experience. While no one can undo the emotional trauma, physical injury, or financial loss you may have experienced, our Consular Section is ready to help. We can provide you with information about engaging in the local criminal justice system and put you in touch with any resources for crime victims abroad and in the United States. Our offices can help you find appropriate medical care, contacting family or friends, and explain any financial options you may have, if any.
Court proceedings in Malta may be conducted in Maltese or English, if you or your lawyer makes this request. The process can be slow, and often the accused is out on bail for more than a year. For more information about the judicial system in Malta, please refer to this link: https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_judicial_systems_in_member_states-16-mt-en.do?member=1
If you need to hire a lawyer, the U.S. Embassy provides a list of English speaking lawyers. Please note that the information contained in the list regarding professional credentials, areas of expertise and language ability are provided directly by the lawyers; we are not in a position to vouch for such information https://mt.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/attorneys/. You may receive additional information about the individuals on the list by contacting the local bar association or the local licensing authorities.
Important Telephone Numbers:
Mater Dei Hospital: General 2545 0000
St James Hospital Sliema: Private 2329 2000
Police (Crime) 191
Fire Department 199
We can help:
- Replace a stolen passport
- Contact family, friends, or employers
- Obtain appropriate medical care and provide a list of doctors and hospitals
- Address emergency needs that arise as a result of the crime
- Explain the local criminal justice process
- Obtain information about your case
- Connect you to local and U.S.-based resources to assist victims of crime
- Obtain information about any local and U.S. victim compensation programs available
- Provide a list of lawyers who speak English
- Investigate crimes
- Provide legal advice or represent you in court
- Serve as official interpreters or translators
- Pay legal, medical, or other fees for you.
Last updated: April 11, 2017
American Victim Assistance Programs
DISCLAIMER: The U.S. Department of State assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the organizations whose names appear below. This referral does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of the U.S. Department of State. You may need a lawyer to see if you are able to apply for Maltese Victims Assistance programs. If you are the victim of a sexual assault, Maltese hospitals have access to victim’s assistance program information.
Some Useful Local links
Victim Support Malta: http://victimsupport.org.mt/
Victims of Crime Act: http://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_lang=en&p_isn=101027&p_classification=01
Rights of Victims of Crime In criminal Proceedings – Malta: https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_rights_of_victims_of_crime_in_criminal_proceedings-171-mt-en.do?member=1
Help and Support for Victims of Crime: https://e-justice.europa.eu/content_rights_of_victims_of_crime_in_criminal_proceedings-171-MT-maximizeMS-en.do?clang=en&idSubpage=5&member=1
General information and other useful links for victims of crime are available at the Department of State’s Help for American Victims of Crime Overseas webpage. https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/victims.html.
For information about crime victim compensation programs in the U.S., please see the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Board website. http://www.nacvcb.org/.
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) – Toll-free 24/7 hotline for sexual assault counseling and referrals: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). RAINN also offers a hotline that provides live, secure, anonymous crisis support for victims of sexual violence, their friends, and families over RAINN’s website. The Online Hotline is free of charge and is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week! https://www.rainn.org/.
- U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women– Information about local sexual assault victim assistance coalitions. https://www.justice.gov/ovw.
- International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies – Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 90 languages. https://cear-euskadi.org/guia/en/international-directory-of-domestic-violence-agencies/.
- NOTE: The agencies and organizations listed on this international directory have not been vetted by the U.S. Department of State or other federal agency.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – Toll-free 24/7 hotline for crisis counseling and referrals: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). http://www.thehotline.org/.
- U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women– Information about local domestic violence victim assistance coalitions. http://www.ncadv.org/.
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence – The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence offers a safe home and shelter programs, public education, and technical assistance. They also have a list of state and international organizations that can assist domestic violence victims. 303-839-1852. http://www.ncadv.org/.
- International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies – Global list of abuse hotlines, shelters, refuges, crisis centers and women’s organizations, plus domestic violence information in over 90 languages. http://www.hotpeachpages.net/