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. However, you may be able to receive additional services, such as crime victim compensation, if you report the crime to law enforcement. 

Help With Other Needs

For immediate help and to report a crime, call 911.

Looking for information about criminal court? Learn about criminal court basics or talk to a crime victim advocate near you. 

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? Visit findservicesNY.gov or visit the NYS Social Programs website.

Visit the Hotlines page for national and New York State resources.


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