History of the CVLN
The Office for Victims of Crime’s Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services report indicates a serious need for comprehensive, no-cost legal services for victims of all crime types. People often have numerous legal needs as a result of being a victim of crime. For many crime victims, navigating the aftermath of a crime can be challenging, especially when they have overlapping legal needs and are unsure where they can go for help.
To address this need for comprehensive victim services, in 2012 the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime funded six demonstration projects across the country to create models of victim legal assistance networks. The goal of these networks was to offer a wider range of legal assistance that victims need as a result of their victimization.
In 2014, New York became one of four additional sites awarded funding to establish a legal network. Together, we are part of the Vision 21 initiative’s effort to provide holistic legal assistance to all victims of crime.
Learn more about the National Networks.