Victims Rights & Compensation.


Victims' Rights.

Victim Compensation.


Victims' Rights:

It is a difficult concept for most people to understand, but crimes are not committed against a person - they are commited against "the People."   That is why the Assistant District Attorney (ADA) does not have to do what you want.   In other words, the ADA can offer and accept a plea bargain even if you, the victim, want the case to go to trial.

New York, however, does have a Victim's Bill of Rights which is broader than in many other states.   The following is a summary of some of the rights you have as the victim of a crime: Top of Page

Victim Compensation:

If you or someone in your family is the victim of a crime you may be entitled to compensation through the New York State Crime Victims Board (CVB).  In fact, you may even be entitled to compensation if you came to a victim's aid and suffered a loss as a result (Good Samaritan).   You will not get "pain and suffering" from the CVB.   For that you would need to bring a civil suit.

Generally, you may be reimbursed for medical expenses, lost property, funeral expenses up to $6,000.00, lost wages or support up to $30,000.00, crime scene clean-up up to $2,500.00 and Good Samaritan property losses up to $5,000.00.   For more information read the CVB pamphlet.

To apply for Victim Compensation, the criminal charge must be filed within 7 days and you must complete and submit your CVB application within 1 year of the crime.   You can complete the application yourself, go to any of the Victims Assistance Programs listed below or hire a private lawyer to help you submit your claim.   If you have a private lawyer assist you, the CVB may reimburse up to $1,000.00 to cover the lawyer's fee.

Bronx Victims Assistance Programs:

Name Address Telephone
Bronx District Attorneys Crime Victims Assistance Unit 5th Floor at 198 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451 (800) 862-2637
Bronx Independent Living Services Inc. 2nd Floor at 4419 3rd Ave, Bronx, NY 10457 (718) 515-2800
Bronxworks 3314 Steuben Ave, Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 585-4619
Bronxworks 2070 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10457 (718) 731-3114
Bronxworks 2925 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10468 (718) 295-7160
Bronxworks 1477 Townsend Ave, Bronx, NY 10452 (718) 588-3836
Child Protection Center of Montefiore Medical Center 630 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10455 (718) 920-5833
Crime Victims Support Services of the North Bronx 1138 Neill Ave, Bronx, NY 10461 (718) 823-4925
Fordham-Tremont CMHC Family Crisis Services 7th Floor at 2021 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10453 (718) 960-0225
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center Crime Victims Assistance 3101 Kingsbridge Ter, Bronx, NY 10463 (718) 884-0700
Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Social Work Services, Room 1B-2 at 234 E 149th St, Bronx, NY 10451 (718) 579-5853
Neighborhood Self Help by Older Persons Project VIP Program Room 203 at 953 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10459 (718) 542-0006
North Central Bronx Hospital Sexual Assault Treatment Program 3424 Kossuth Ave, Bronx, NY 10467 (718) 519-5722
Safe Horizon Bronx Community Programs 3101 Kingsbridge Ter, Bronx, NY 10463 (718) 933-1000
Safe Horizon Bronx Families of Homicide Victims 7th Floor at 2530 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458 (718) 933-1000


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