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Victim Services

Welcome to the Richmond County District Attorney’s Victim and Witness Assistance Program. The goal of this program is to keep victims of crime informed throughout the criminal justice process. The services offered are free of charge and include:

      • Counseling and referrals for long-term mental health treatment
      • Compensation claim application assistance
      • Court accompaniment and logistical support
      • Victim notification registration
      • Assistance with victim impact statements
      • Providing advocacy and documentation for employers or schools
      • Questions regarding Orders of Protection or inmate custody status
      • Assistance with special needs, disabilities or unreasonably extensive transportation hardship
      • Updating contact information
      • The return of personal property

      If you or a loved one have been the victim of a crime:

      • You may be eligible for financial compensation for certain expenses resulting from the crime.
      • If you have suffered physical injury, your out-of-pocket medical and counseling expenses are covered through the New York State Office of Victim Services- even if you do not have health insurance.
      • You have the right to information and notification about your case.
      • Victim Advocates are here to assist you with all of these services and more.

      When you visit the office, useful information to bring includes:

      • Photo Identification
      • Your Social Security number (and the Social Security numbers for any children that may be applying for compensation)
      • Copies of medical bills and/or receipts for expenses related to the crime

      The Richmond County District Attorney’s Office strives to provide support to all victims and does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, or disability in the delivery of services.