The NY Crime Victims Legal Help website was launched as a pilot in Erie, Niagara, and Genesee counties and expanded to 23 additional counties in the Hudson Valley and Albany regions to assist victims of crime with civil legal matters if they either live in or have been victimized in those counties. We hope that our online resource helps crime victims living in these areas know their rights and get connected with the civil legal assistance they need. Throughout 2019, the Network will expand, with the goal of providing crime victims access to civil legal services in every county in the state outside of New York City.
The Advocate Gateway is currently under construction. When launched, the Advocate Gateway will offer professionals access to an assortment of resources via a secure password-protected portal. The collection of material is meant to help providers enhance their skills and better address the various civil legal needs of their clients.
If you are a professional working with victims of crime and are interested in learning more about this project or becoming a Network Member, please contact us.
What is the Advocate Gateway?
People who become victims of a crime may have many needs – legal, financial, physical, emotional, as well as basic life needs. The trauma of victimization can be a significant factor in a crime victim’s ability to find and secure assistance. Professionals working with survivors of crime need to have access to a wide array of information, including resources that are trauma-informed and culturally appropriate.
The Advocate Gateway will offer professionals access to an assortment of resources via a secure password-protected portal. The collection of material is meant to help providers enhance their skills and better address the various civil legal needs of their clients.
Who can access the Advocate Gateway?
The Advocate Gateway is designed for service providers who work with victims of crime and are assisting them with their legal and non-legal needs. This includes attorneys, advocates, social workers, counselors, case managers, etc. Professionals do not need to work exclusively with crime victims in order to access material in the Advocate Gateway.