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Victims of Crime

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 U.S. 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. 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. 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:

  • Emergency/Police/Ambulance/Fire: 112
  • Malta Victim Support Agency: 2568-9700; vsasupport@gov.mt; https://victimsupport.org.mt/
  • Agenzija Appogg (Social Welfare Agency): (+356) 179; (+356) 2258-8900
  • Mater Dei Hospital (General): (+356) 2545-0000
  • St James Hospital Sliema (Private): (+356) 2329-2000

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

We cannot:

  • Investigate crimes
  • Provide legal advice or represent you in court
  • Serve as official interpreters or translators
  • Pay legal, medical, or other fees for you.

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.

Sexual Assault

Domestic Violence

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – Toll-free 24/7 hotline for crisis counseling and referrals: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.