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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: Victims Rights

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

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

Crime Victims Rights in the News Media

The news media can often inflict a "second victimization" upon crime victims or survivors by enhancing their feelings of violation, disorientation, and loss of control. It is important for journalists to understand the emotions felt by victims and survivors, who are often disoriented and confused following a crime. Victims should have the rights when dealing with media that include refusing interviews, limiting the scope of questions, demanding corrections, and the right to anonymity. 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

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

Rights of Crime Victims

Historically, the American criminal justice system was patterned primarily after the English judicial system. One significant difference has been the manner in which criminal prosecutions are viewed. Traditionally, criminal prosecutions in England were private actions brought by the victim or a representative of the victim. While this was also true during the American colonial period, the new United States of America soon moved to a tradition of public prosecution, undertaken by a public official -- the prosecuting attorney. In the United States, a crime is considered to have been committed against the state -- in other words, against society as a whole -- rather than solely against a victim. One especially unfortunate result of our system is that victims have been treated as evidence against the accused, usually included only as a witness to the crime committed against them. Since the crime is considered to have been committed against the state, and it is the state's job to prosecute, victims are not even recognized as a party to the case. Thus, they have had little or no involvement in the process of bringing offenders to justice. 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)

Sexual Harassment Information for Teens

Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual behavior. It may take different forms, including physical contact, sexual comments, sexual propositions, or unwanted communication. Because "sexual harassment" is a term that can describe many different behaviors, the kind of help available to you may differ, depending on exactly what the person harassing you has done. In many cases, the harassment will probably not constitute a crime, but rather a violation of school rules. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Bulletins for Teens

Special Provisions for Children in the Criminal Justice System

As awareness of the prevalence of crimes against children increases, and legislators become educated as to the needs of child victims in the judicial system, a wide range of special provisions has been adopted to make the child's participation in the system less traumatic. All states and the District of Columbia have adopted one or more of the child victim and witness provisions discussed here. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Stalking, Questions and Answers

The legal definition of stalking is defined primarily by state statutes. While statutes vary, most define stalking as a course of conduct that places a person in fear for their safety. 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

Victim Impact Statements

The term "victim impact statement" refers to written or oral information about the impact of the crime on the victim and the victim's family. Victim impact statements are most commonly used at sentencing. Such statements provide a means for the court to refocus its attention, at least momentarily, on the human cost of the crime. They also provide a way for the victim to participate in the criminal justice process. The right to make an impact statement generally is extended beyond the direct victim to homicide survivors, the parent or guardian of a minor victim, and the guardian or representative of an incompetent or incapacitated victim. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" Legislative Topics

Victim Services in Hospitals

Hospitals spend millions of dollars each year treating victims of crime — including victims of physical abuse, assault, homicide, rape, aggravated assault and domestic violence. At an average county hospital, treatment of gunshot wounds can exceed 100 million dollars annually. Hospitals are essential settings for providing victim assistance and services. Over seventy percent (70%) of reported victims of aggravated assault, robbery, and forcible rape seek medical treatment in hospital emergency departments. Read More...

From the Series: NCVC "Get Help" General Information
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Group holding Borough President Stringer’s Proclamation
Group holding Borough President Stringer’s Proclamation