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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 crime, this tool is designed to help you find the information and civil legal resources that are most helpful for your situation. 

Not sure if you're a victim of a crime? Click here!

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.

If you are a victim of crime in New York State who lives outside of New York City, this Get Started tool and our Legal Help Directory can help you find legal assistance.

If you live in New York City or have a problem not listed in the Legal Help Directory, please contact the New York State Bar Association or your local Bar Association or visit LawHelpNY.org


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:

Adult Protective Services:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Hotline: