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The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.

FAQ and Factsheets: Law Enforcement

Campus Crime Victims

Victims of campus violence, like all victims of crime, react to their victimizations in many different ways. Immediately after the crime, victims often struggle with feelings of fear, helplessness, confusion, guilt, self-blame, shock, disbelief, denial, anger, shame and numerous other emotions. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Campus Crimes: Federal & State Legislation

Federal Legislation; State Legislation; References; Bibliography; For additional information Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Child Victims and the Law

The law has traditionally treated children differently than other victims. State criminal codes define many crimes against children separately from the same offenses committed against adults. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Civil Justice for Crime Victims

More than 35 million Americans are victimized by crime each year. The consequences of crime frequently extend far beyond the criminal act. All too often victims are left with expenses for medical procedures, physical rehabilitation, counseling and lost wages. It is estimated that crime costs victims $345 billion annually. Although many crime victims and their families have some knowledge about the legal system, they are often unaware that there are two systems of justice available in which to hold the offender accountable—the criminal justice system and the civil justice system. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Constitutional Rights for Crime Victims

The rights of crime victims have only begun to be recognized in the law during the last two decades. Prior to that, crime victims had no rights during the criminal justice process. They did not have to be informed of court proceedings or of the arrest or release of the defendant, they had no right to be present during the trial or other proceedings, and they had no right to make a statement to the court at sentencing or at other hearings. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Crime Prevention

Although crime and victimization rates have steadily declined since the early 1990's, society's perception and fear of crime is still very high. Greater participation between community members and local law enforcement is needed to help ensure that crime and victimization rates continue to decline. Crime prevention is a concept that can help reduce crime and public fear and perception of crime. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Crime Victims & Corrections

In 1982, the Final Report of the President’s Task Force on Victims of Crime included four key recommendations to improve victim services in the parole process. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Crisis Intervention

Crisis is defined as "a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person's life" and "a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; a turning point." Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Domestic Violence and the Law

Domestic violence has traditionally been defined as violence in the home, or between family members. As society's definition of family has changed, so has the law's definition of family violence. While some states cling to the traditional view of domestic violence as between spouses or former spouses, increasingly legislatures are expanding the scope of the law to include children, relatives, unmarried persons living together, persons with a child in common, and even those in an "intimate relationship." Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Elder Abuse and the Law

The "graying of America" has given senior citizens a large and powerful political voice. As a result, crimes against the elderly, particularly those involving abuse or neglect, are coming to the attention of the general public and our nation's elected policy makers. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Extensions of the Criminal & Civil Statutes of Limitations in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Most states have laws limiting the time during which crimes other than murder may be prosecuted. All states have time limitations for bringing a lawsuit to recover money for damages from the wrongdoing of another -- a civil action. In recent years, many states have adopted extensions to their criminal and civil statutes of limitation for cases of child sexual abuse and in certain other sexual assault cases. The length of the extension varies greatly between the states. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

HIV/AIDS Legislation

In recent years, most states have enacted laws concerning the testing of criminal offenders and their victims for infection and transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome, (AIDS). Such laws were passed in response to the recognized possibility of the transmission of HIV/AIDS during sexual assault or abuse, as well as other crimes where an exchange of bodily fluids takes place. They were also the result of a new understanding of the added trauma a sexual assault victim endures when faced with the possibility of having contracted a terminal disease. In a study conducted by the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, 40 percent (40%) of sexual assault victims indicated that the fear of contracting HIV/AIDS was a major concern. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Overview of the Criminal Justice System

The criminal justice system can be overwhelming, confusing and intimidating for anyone who does not work within the system on a regular basis. Imagine the response of a crime victim as he or she attempts to navigate the very imposing "criminal" justice system. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information

Restitution Legislation

The practice of requiring an individual who has harmed another to repay the victim for the harm caused has been at the heart of jurisprudence in the civilized world. In fact, throughout most of history, the concept of repayment or restitution was inseparable from principles of crime and punishment. But as the power of the state grew, and as the interest of monarchs to intervene in an effort to quell violent settlement of disputes also grew crimes against individuals became "crimes against the state." Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Right to Privacy Legislation

Many states have laws to protect the confidentiality of victims of crime. Confidentiality laws exist to encourage the reporting of offenses, and to prevent the re-victimization of the crime victim through publicity, unwarranted intrusion upon the victim's privacy, and insensitive treatment by the media. To find out what confidentiality rights exist in your state, visit your local law library or contact your state Attorney General or state legislator. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Rule For Nonimmigrant Victims Of Human Trafficking And Specified

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has transmitted an interim final rule to the Federal Register that will allow “T” and “U” nonimmigrants to adjust status their status and become lawful permanent residents.

The “T” nonimmigrant status, also known as the “T” visa, was created to provide immigration protection to victims of a severe form of human trafficking. The “U” nonimmigrant status, or “U” visa, is designated for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse because of the crime and who are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation of the criminal activity.

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From the Series: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Stalking and the Law

Stalking, commonly defined as "the willful, malicious and repeated following or harassing of another person" is gaining recognition and credibility as a serious crime in the United States. Victims of stalking include those currently at risk of physical and/or emotional harm, and those in constantly pending danger, but not immediately at risk. Women are the victims of stalking in disproportionate numbers Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Stalking: Incident/Behavior Log

It is critical that victims of stalking maintain a log of stalking-related incidents and behavior. Recording this information will help to document the behavior for restraining order applications, divorce and child custody cases, or criminal prosecution. It can also help preserve your memory of individual incidents about which you might later testify. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Stalking

VAWA and U-Visas Questions and Answers

Can I call the police if I am being sexually or physically abused and do not know my immigration status? You can call 911 in case of emergency. Domestic and sexual violence are crimes regardless of your legal status. You have the legal right to keep your immigration status private. You do not have to tell the police or a shelter what your immigration status is. Read More...

From the Series: The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
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