Legal Help Directory
People often have many different legal needs after a crime – finding safe housing, obtaining child support, or getting time off from work to go to court. The New York Crime Victim Legal Network is an online resource to help victims of crime learn about their rights and connect them with resources.
In 2018, the Network is being piloted in Erie, Genesee and Niagara counties. If you are a victim of crime, live or have a civil legal problem in one of these counties, our online directory can help you find information and assistance. You may be referred to a civil legal organization that can receive direct client referrals through this online resource. These organizations are Warm Referral Partners of the Crime Victims Legal Network, so connecting with them will be easier. We can’t guarantee that the warm referral partner organization can represent you, but they will help you find resources that you can use.
For help in other counties with a civil legal matter, contact the New York State Bar Association or your local Bar Association for more information, or visit LawHelpNY.org. 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.
Victims of crime have the right to call 9-1-1 and report the crime to the police. You do not have to report the crime to be considered a crime victim or to use the tools on this online resource.