Sometimes it's clear you have been victimimized. Perhaps the police are involved, and the perpetrator has been arrested.
Sometimes it isn't so clear. We can help you understand your rights.
In collaboration with Equinox, The Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program (SACVAP), and The YWCA of Northeastern New York, The Legal Project’s Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program provides civil legal services to victims/survivors of crime in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties, as well as college students attending school in the Capital Region. This program offers legal advice and representation for issues related to your experience.
When Should You Speak with an Attorney?
At no cost to you, Crime Victim attorneys can answer your legal questions to help you understand the civil legal process and your rights as a crime victim/survivor. They can also offer representation in certain areas if that is what you decide to do. Staff can also provide victims/survivors of crime information on completing a New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) Victims’ Compensation Application.
How Can an Attorney Help You?
An attorney can listen to your concerns and help you figure out how to proceed based on your goals. Crime victim attorneys can:
· Help you understand how the law applies to your situation and help you make an informed plan;
· Help you understand what your rights are as a crime victim/survivor;
· Advocate on your behalf to receive the support and safety you need;
· Represent you in court and/or out of court to accomplish your goals.
For more information about the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program, or to set up a no-cost confidential legal consultation, please call us at 518-435-1770 or email the Crime Victims Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you or a loved one are incarcerated in a local jail and would like assistance, please write to us at:
The Legal Project
24 Aviation Road
Albany, NY 12205
Attn: Crime Victims Program Coordinator
Although we can provide basic safety planning, the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program does not provide crisis services to victims/survivors. If you need to talk to someone immediately regarding surviving a crime, please see below for local hotline numbers and resources.
Other Community Resources/Referrals:
*Hotline available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week
New York State Resources
“This product was supported by grant number 2016-VA-GX-0069, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice."
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