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NY Crime Victims LEGAL HELP

Connecting Crime Victims with Civil Legal Assistance
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Connecting Crime Victims with Civil Legal Assistance

It is not always easy to know if you are a victim of a crime. If you are not sure if you have been a crime victim, call your local police and speak to an officer about the details of your situation. You can also contact a crime victim advocate near you. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Below are some questions that may help you identify if you are a crime victim:


You may be a victim of Intimate Partner Violence or Family Violence or Elder Abuse if your partner, your former partner, or a family member:

Makes you feel uncomfortable or afraid.
Puts you down, humiliates you, or makes you feel worthless.
Constantly checks-up on what you’re doing or where you are going so that you don’t feel like you have any freedom or privacy.
Controls your money.
Makes it difficult for you to get or keep a job.
Stops you from seeing your friends or family.
Stops you from getting the medical help you need.
Is threatening or violent towards you or the children or your pets.
Hurts you or scares you (by hitting, choking, throwing things, destroying things, locking you in, etc.).
Threatens to hurt you, hurt others, or to kill themselves if you say you want to end the relationship.

You may be a victim of Stalking if someone:

Is repeatedly following you or showing up wherever you are, and making you feel uncomfortable or afraid.
Is repeatedly calling you, or sending you texts or emails, or posts on your social media accounts things that are harassing or make you feel uncomfortable.
Has left you unwanted gifts, notes, or messages.
Has damaged your car, home, or other belongings.
Uses hidden cameras or GPS (global positioning systems) to track where you go.
Has threatened to hurt you or someone you know.

You may be a victim of Human Trafficking if you:

Are not free to leave your work or living space, or come and go as you wish.
Are unpaid, paid very little, or only paid through tips.
Are not allowed breaks, or forced to work extremely long hours.
Owe your boss a large debt and are unable to pay it off.
Were recruited through false promises about the type of work you would be doing, and/or the conditions you would be working in.
Are under 18 and are paid to perform sexual acts.
Are a sex worker and have a pimp/manager.
Are not in control of your own money or possessions.
Are not allowed to keep your own identification documents (like your passport or license).

You may be a victim of Identity Theft if:

There are withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
You don’t get your bills or other mail.
There are charges for goods or services you didn’t buy on your credit/debit card statements.
You receive statements for credit cards you didn’t open.
There are errors or unfamiliar charges on your credit report.
Your medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
Debt collectors call you about debts that are not yours.
The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or you have income from an employer you don’t work for.