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New York State Office of Victim Services Partnered with Nonprofits to Create New York Crime Victims Legal Help, Now Available in 26 Counties (NY)
Thursday, June 13, 2019
- Office of Victim Services
New York State Office of Victim Services Partnered with Nonprofits to Create New York Crime Victims Legal Help, Now Available in 26 Counties
"The New York State Office of Victim Services today announced that an online resource connecting crime victims with information and free legal assistance is now available in Capital Region, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley and North Country counties, allowing victims to learn about their rights and connect with resources or legal representation to ensure their interests are represented. Established using $1.5 million in federal funds secured by the state agency, New York Crime Victims Legal Help initially served Erie, Genesee and Niagara counties and is now available in 23 additional counties in the state. Many victims of crime have legal needs resulting from their victimization – assistance with housing or custody matters, for example – but are unsure where to turn for help. This user-friendly, online resource makes it easier for those individuals to get the assistance they need.
“In the months since the New York Crime Victims Legal Help resource has gone online, it has proven to be a guidepost for individuals who are struggling to piece their lives back together after they’ve been victimized,” Office of Victim Services Director Elizabeth Cronin said. “With the continued expansion of this service, more victims will be able to learn about their rights and access local legal resources to help them navigate civil matters involving housing, immigration, family court, social services, and more.” ..."