What is a crime
A crime is an action which causes physical, material or moral damage, and which is prohibited by the Criminal Code. Many people suffer from a crime at least once in their lifetime. Around 50 thousand people each year become victims of crime in Lithuania. Most often, people encounter theft, fraud or domestic violence. Anyone can become a victim of crime, regardless of age, place of residence or social status.
If you have become a victim or a witness of crime, you can report the latter by going to the nearest police station or filing a complaint online.
If you have become a victim of crime, you are entitled to receive free counselling, psychological and other support currently available in Lithuania. If you do not have the funds to pay for the services of a lawyer and your assets and income are small, you can apply for free or partially reimbursed legal aid.
If a person close to you (a family member or close relative) died as a result of a crime, you shall also be considered a victim. In this case, you shall have the right to apply for free counselling or psychological support which might help you cope with the loss of a loved one. You shall also acquire all the rights of a victim in the criminal procedure and shall have the right to apply to court to receive compensation for losses caused by the crime.