ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced approximately $30 million in grant funding to crime victims' assistance programs statewide.
A press release says the funding will provide direct services, including counseling and crisis intervention, advocacy, and legal assistance to crime victims.
“Crime victims deserve more than our compassion – they deserve action,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m proud New York was one of the first states in the country to provide compensation to crime victims. These funds will allow community-based organizations across the state to offer New Yorkers the immediate and long-term assistance they need to fully recover.”
No federal or state taxpayer dollars are used to fund the grants; funding comes from fines, fees and surcharges that are paid by certain offenders convicted in state or federal court.
A complete list of the currently funded programs, searchable by county, can be found here: http://www.ovs.ny.gov/locateaprogram.html.
For more information about services offered by Office of Victim Services, including eligibility guidelines and a list of crime victims’ assistance programs that currently receive funding, visit www.ovs.ny.gov or call 1-800-247-8035.
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