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NY Crime Victims LEGAL HELP New York State

Connecting Crime Victims with Civil Legal Assistance

Our core values

The work of the NY Crime Victims Legal Network (CVLN or Network) and the development of the website are guided by these core values:

Accessibility:  The Network is committed to increasing crime victims’ access to information and resources.

Client-Centered:  The Network promotes a client-centered approach to service delivery that focuses on the needs and concerns of the crime victim.  A client-centered approach helps ensure the delivery of services in a nonjudgmental manner, at the same time empowering clients as engaged participants.

Culturally Competent:  The Network promotes the delivery of culturally competent services that values the diversity of crime victims.  

Ease of Use:  The Network’s technology is being developed in a manner that prioritizes ease of use by crime victims, and helps ensure that information is easily obtained and understood.

Responsiveness:  The Network will be responsive to the needs of crime victims and those assisting them, and will be adapted as needed.

Security:  The Network is developing its online resource mindful of crime victims’ need for safety and the security of their confidential information. 

Sustainability:  The Network is being developed with an eye towards sustainability. The management and coordination of resources to ensure its continuation and success beyond the grant period is a priority.

Trauma-Informed:  The Network promotes the delivery of trauma-informed services that reflect providers’ understanding of trauma and its impact on crime victims.  The trauma-informed approach seeks to minimize victim re-traumatization, and recognizes the need to address secondary traumatization in providers.