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Victims' Rights

New York State Executive Law

Victims of crime have the right to information and, in certain cases, compensation and services.

These rights are included in Article 23 of the New York State Executive Law, "Fair Treatment Standards for Crime Victims." The New York State Office of the Attorney General summarizes these rights in its Crime Victims Bill of Rights, which include a victim's right to:

  1. A free copy of the police report, even if there was no physical injury.
  2. Payment waiver of fees for replacing driver's license, permit, registration and license plates that were lost or stolen as a result of a crime.
  3. Have law enforcement and the District Attorney inform employers that the criminal case may require work absences.
  4. Not to be penalized by an employer when appearing as a witness in a criminal proceeding, consulting with prosecutors or exercising other rights under the law.
  5. File for victim compensation and assistance with the New York State Office of Victim Services.
  6. Be notified of criminal proceedings.
  7. Freedom from intimidation, threats or harassment.
  8. Notice of discharge, release or escape of offender from a correctional facility.

Learn more about the Crime Victims Bill of Rights.

If you have questions regarding these rights, you can visit the website of the New York State Office of the Attorney General or call 800-771-7755 or, for the hearing impaired, at 800-651-7820.


New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS)

The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) is a New York State agency that provides information about victims' services, resources, and legal rights. These rights are derived from the New York Executive Law, the New York State Penal Law, and the Compilation of the Rules and Regulations of the State of New York. These rights include victims' rights to compensation, restitution, and information on and notification of judicial proceedings, among other rights. For more information on victims' rights, click here to access OVS Crime Victims' Rights booklet.


The New York City Human Rights Law

The New York City Human Rights Law protects victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sex offenses from discrimination in employment. To learn more about the protections provided by the Human Rights Law, visit the New York City Commission on Human Rights website or access the complete Title 8 of the Human Rights Law.