Know Your Rights
Some of the information on these pages may have been temporarily changed by governments and courts in response to Coronavirus.
People often have a number of legal needs as a result of becoming a victim of crime. Get information about your civil legal needs here, and learn what your rights are.
The information here is offered only as a public service and does not count as legal advice. If you're having a specific problem, you should find a lawyer who is knowledgeable about the legal problem you're facing.
Not sure of whether a crime has happened to you? Our checklist may help you identify if you are a crime victim.
State and U.S. laws grant crime victims certain rights. In New York State, crime victims have a number of rights within the criminal justice system, such as the right to protection and financial repayment.Learn more
Many victims of crime experience problems in different areas of life, including their family life. There are legal solutions for some of these family-related problems.Learn more
Safety is important, especially for victims of crime. Knowing and dealing with the emotional impact of what happened to you is just as important as dealing with your safety needs.Learn more
Financial loss can be one of the results of becoming a crime victim, for example stolen money, destroyed belongings, lost income or medical expenses.Learn more
After becoming a victim of a crime, some people are worried about their housing needs. Am I safe in my home? Can I pay my mortgage? Am I being discriminated against because I'm a crime victim?Learn more
Are you a crime victim? Are you afraid to take time off from work to go to court or to get medical help because you may lose your job? Know what your employment rights are.Learn more