Am I a victim of crime?
Orders of Protection
Undocumented Victims of Crime
Victim Compensation & Restitution
Reporting a Crime
New York City Courts
Victims of Crime with a Disability
New York City Department of Correction
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Information about these crimes is available through the Office of Victims of Crime.
If you are in immediate danger, or have been a victim of a crime, please call 911.
If you are unsure if you have been the victim of a crime, the NYPD encourages you to visit your local precinct and speak to a police officer to discuss the details of your situation.
Yes. As a crime victim, you have rights granted by federal and state law. Learn more about your rights through the Office of Victim Services (OVS).
An order of protection is a document issued by a judge that orders someone to abide by, or refrain from, certain conduct, including, but not limited to, prohibition of contact with someone else, among other stipulations.
You can obtain an order of protection through Family Court, Criminal Court, or Supreme Court.
Make copies of the order for your records, and keep one copy with you at all times.
If you receive a Family Court and Supreme Court orders of protection, the order must be served on the respondent. Service is unnecessary in the case of Criminal Court orders of protection because they are given to the defendant during a court appearance.
You may not serve your own order of protection. There are three ways that an order of protection can be served:
An arrest is not required for the issuance of Supreme Court or Family Court orders of protection. If you seek a Criminal Court Order of Protection, there must be an arrest.
To learn how to obtain a Family Court and Supreme Court Order of Protection
Violating an order of protection is a crime and it is punishable by law. If the order is violated, you should call the police for assistance.
Orders of protection may be temporary or final. Learn more about Orders of Protection.
The city's Confidentiality Policy (Executive Orders 34 and 41) prohibits New York City employees, including NYPD officers, from asking about your immigration status. If you are an undocumented immigrant who is a victim of a crime, you may report the crime to the New York City Police Department without fear of being investigated for your immigration status.
U nonimmigrant status (U Visa) provides victims of certain crimes with temporary immigration status if these victims are, have been, or are likely to be helpful in investigation and prosecution of a crime. Pursuant to federal law victims must also meet additional criteria, including suffering substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime. The NYPD does not provide U nonimmigrant status (U Visa) or immigration benefits
To find out if you are eligible for a U Visa visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website.
If you are applying for U nonimmigrant status (U visa), you must submit a signed certification (USCIS Form, I-918 Supplement B) from a law enforcement or other qualified government agency stating that you were the victim of a qualifying crime, know about the crime, and are/have been/or will be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of such crime. Law enforcement or other certifying agencies are not required to complete the form. For more information and a list of certifying agencies in New York City, visit the NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
Find out how to request a U Visa Law Enforcement Certification.
If your Law Enforcement Certification is denied, you will receive a letter explaining the reason(s) for the denial. You may file for an appeal by submitting a written request.
Victim compensation is reimbursement provided to the victims of crime, and, in some cases, the family members or dependents of victims, to cover out-of-pocket losses and expenses, including funeral expenses, related to a crime. In New York State, victim compensation is obtained through the Office of Victim Services (OVS). OVS will only reimburse a victim or family member of a victim when all other forms of assistance, such as insurance, workers compensation, or other benefits, have been exhausted.
Eligibility requirements can be found through the NYS Office of Victim Services.
If you are in immediate danger or have been a victim of a crime, please call 911. The best way to file a complaint report is either with a police officer on the scene of the crime or at a precinct, Housing Bureau Police Service Area, or Transit Bureau District.
No. However, it is best to report the crime as soon as possible. Timely reporting may prevent the loss or destruction of valuable evidence. In addition, most crime are subject to various statute-of-limitation restrictions, which prevent prosecution of those crimes after the passage of a designated period of years.
Anyone can report a crime. Depending on the circumstances, a police officer or detective may be required by law to speak to an adult in your family.
If the crime happened a while ago and there is no immediate or ongoing risk of danger to you or another person, please call your local precinct to discuss the details of your situation. For other non-emergencies, please call 311.
You can call the precinct where your complaint/crime was recorded and learn the status of your case. Locate the precinct nearest you.
You are not obligated to participate in an investigation; however, the NYPD may continue to investigate and, in some cases, make an arrest, regardless of whether you would like to proceed or not.
Yes. If you have helpful information about a crime that you reported, you should contact the detective assigned to the case or call the precinct that took your complaint report.
No. There is no requirement to report sexual assault in New York State when the victim is a competent adult. Medical personnel are required to report abuse or neglect of a child by a caretaker or abuse or neglect of a disabled or vulnerable individual to law enforcement or to social services.
A DIR is a report made by an officer in response to a domestic violence incident. It includes a summary of the situation and a victim's statement about what happened.
If you believe that there is a mistake or you want to provide more information, call or visit your local precinct and request to meet with a domestic violence officer who can complete an additional DIR report. Please be aware that the original DIR cannot be "taken back" or changed. It will remain on the record and could be admissible in court.
Yes. Learn more about how to report a crime to the NYPD.
If you need victim services, you can receive them where you live. For additional assistance, you can call the Safe Horizon Hotline at 866-689-HELP (4357).
Yes. You can request compensation from the NYS Office of Victim Services by filing a compensation form. This form must be completed within one year of the crime.
If you need assistance filling out this form, please call the Safe Horizon Crime Victims Hotline at 866-689-HELP (4357).
For the deaf or hard of hearing, call TDD: 866-604-5350.
If you are in immediate danger, or have been a victim of a crime, please call 911. DO NOT report to Crime Stoppers.
Crime Stoppers is a program that allows people to submit information about a crime anonymously.
No. Your phone number, e-mail address, or IP address is never captured, tracked, or saved.
Yes. The Safe Horizon Crime Victims Hotline can connect you with a victim advocate who can provide basic information. If you need further assistance, you will be provided with referrals. You may also contact the assistant district attorney assigned to your case.
If the district attorney needs your testimony, he or she may require you to come to court.
Threatening a witness or victim is a crime and is punishable by law. If you are threatened, contact the police immediately, and notify them of the threats against you.
No. For a variety of reasons, many cases do not go to trial. If your case does not go to trial and you have questions, contact the Assistant District Attorney assigned to your case.
A felony is a crime that is punishable by a term of incarceration of more than one year in prison, probation, or a fine. A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by less than one year in jail, probation, or a fine.
Locate the nearest precinct.
Find out how to get your property back through the NYPD Property Clerk Division.
|Manhattan Property Office||646-610-5906|
|Bronx Property Office||718-590-2806|
|Brooklyn Property Office||718-624-5364 or 718-624-6330|
|Queens Property Office||718-433-2678|
|Staten Island Property Office||718-876-8413|
If you fear for your safety, we recommend that you call or go to your local precinct to arrange an escort. Do not go to the location first. Officers may escort you to your home and wait until you retrieve your personal items.
Yes. The NYPD works with the MTA and Access-A-Ride to provide 24-hour transportation for elderly/disabled complainants, victims and witnesses who may have difficulty using public transportation. Contact an officer at your local precinct to arrange transportation services.
Yes. Sign language interpreters will be provided for members of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Contact the NYPD employee with whom you are meeting and ask them to schedule an interpreter.
Victim impact statements are written or oral accounts, in your own words, about how a crime has affected you. A victim impact statement may be used during a sentencing or parole board hearing of an offender. Judges and the Board of Parole use victim impact statements to help them determine the sentence of an offender, or to decide whether to grant an offender parole. Learn more through the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Yes. The safety exit button featured on our website can quickly remove you from our website at any time and redirect you to (google). However, this button will not erase your history and cookies from your computer. Learn how to erase your computer's history and cookies through Safety and Crime Prevention Tips.
A safety plan is a personalized, practical list of strategies that can help you reduce or eliminate dangerous situations, and inform you about the best ways to react when you are at risk.
Every situation is different. To develop a detailed personalized safety plan, please call the NYC 24-hour Hotline at 866-689-HELP (4357) to be connected with a victim advocate who can help you create one.
In addition, an NYPD crime prevention officer may be able to conduct a security survey of your home or business, as well as provide you with recommendations on improved safety options.
The Department's Safety and Crime Prevention Tips contains information on protecting your personal property, burglary prevention, credit card fraud, identity theft, and other helpful safety tips.