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NY Crime Victims LEGAL HELP

Connecting Crime Victims with Civil Legal Assistance
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NY Crime Victims LEGAL HELP New York State

Connecting Crime Victims with Civil Legal Assistance

In 2018, NY Crime Victims Legal Help is being piloted (tested) in Erie, Niagara, and Genesee counties. If you are a victim of crime, live or have a civil legal problem in one of these counties, this Get Started tool and our Legal Help Directory can help you find legal assistance.

For help in other counties with a civil legal matter, please contact the New York State Bar Association or your local Bar Association for more information, or visit LawHelpNY.org.

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. If you have been a victim of one of the crimes below, this tool is designed to help you find the information and resources that are most helpful for your situation. 

Not sure of whether a crime has happened to you? A crime victim is anyone who has been harmed as a result of a crime. 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. Learn more about types of crime and the rights of crime victims.

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. 

Visit the NYS Social Programs website for help with housing, food, unemployment assistance, and other services.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - confidential support for people in distress: 1-800-273-8255.

Adult Protective Services: 1-844-697-3505.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906.