Know Your Rights
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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.
Looking for information about criminal court? Learn about criminal court basics or talk to a crime victim advocate near you.
Victims' Rights: Overview
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.
Family Law Issues
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.
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.
- Impact on Victims of Crime
- Safety Plans and Safely Storing Evidence
- Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters
- Orders of Protection from Family Court
- Extreme Risk Protection Orders
- Internet & Cell Phone Safety
- Keeping Your Address Confidential in Family Court
- NYS Address Confidentiality Program
- Safety and Voting
- Offender Custody Status
Many immigrants who are victims of crime are afraid to get help because they believe they will be deported. But there are protections for legal and undocumented crime victims.
Money & Financial Issues
Financial loss can be one of the results of becoming a crime victim, for example stolen money, destroyed belongings, lost income or medical expenses.
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?
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.
Domestic Violence & Other Victimization
Anyone can become a victim of crime. The type of crime often plays a significant role in how you are affected and the kinds of help available to you.
LGBTQ+ Rights & Hate Crimes
Although anyone can be a victim of crime, members of the LGBTQ+ community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and others) experience unique challenges and concerns.