Victims' Rights: Overview
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A crime victim is anyone who has been harmed as a result of a crime. The harm can be physical, emotional, or economic. Family members are also considered crime victims when a person is killed as a result of the crime, or is unable to work or function as they used to.
Even if you did not report the crime, you are still a crime victim and may receive legal and supportive services. You may be able to receive additional services, like crime victim compensation, if you report the crime to law enforcement, cooperate with law enforcement, and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements and have eligible, crime-related expenses for compensation.
For immediate help and to report a crime, call 911.
Need help understanding legal terms? Please see the NY Court Help Glossary.
Need help paying for food, housing utilities, or child care? Do you need help with healthcare, disability, vocational or other services?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - confidential support for people in distress:
Adult Protective Services:
The New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence:
- Text (844) 997-2121
- Call (800) 942-6906
National Human Trafficking Hotline:
- Call (888) 373-7888 (TTY: 711)
- Text 233733
LGBT National Hotline:
- Call (888) 843-4564