Compensation

Compensation

Do I need to meet with or be in phone contact with the person reviewing my application?

Do I need to meet with or be in phone contact with the person reviewing my application?

Generally, no. Most of the information necessary to investigate the claim is contained in the completed application and all supporting documentation should be submitted, when possible, at the time the application is submitted.  Staff reviewing your claim will send you letters identifying any additional information necessary to make a determination on your application.  This correspondence is normally sufficient to process your claim. The staff member assigned to your claim will call you if necessary.

The application is long.  Do you need all this information to review my claim?

The application is long.  Do you need all this information to review my claim?

We recognize that the application is lengthy. But, we ask that you complete it as thoroughly and accurately as you can.  The more information we have upfront as we review your application, the more quickly it can be reviewed and a decision made.  There are Victim Assistance Programs available in your community that can help you complete the application.  Go to Locate a Victim Assistance Program Near You to identify a VAP that can assist you.

Will this information be kept confidential?

Will this information be kept confidential?

The experience as a crime victim is very personal and the information requested on the claim application is also very personal. 

The New York State Office of Victim Services wants victims, claimants and potential claimants to know that the records compiled for their claims are confidential and exempt from disclosure with very limited exceptions.  These exceptions include: requests from law enforcement for legitimate criminal justice purposes, judicial orders and for purposes necessary for the OVS to appropriately process your claim.

What if my property was lost, damaged or destroyed because of the crime?

What if my property was lost, damaged or destroyed because of the crime?

If you are under 18, 60 or over, disabled or were injured, you may apply for benefits to repair or replace your essential personal property lost, damaged or destroyed as a direct result of a crime that was not covered by any other source. Essential means necessary for your health and welfare, like eyeglasses, cash and clothes.

What are the steps to receive Office of Victim Services (OVS) compensation?

  • Complete the OVS application form
  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • Have a compensable out-of-pocket loss or have one at a later time

Who may be eligible for compensation from the Office of Victim Services?

Who may be eligible for compensation from the Office of Victim Services?

  • The victim must be an innocent victim of the crime
  • Victims of crime who were physically injured as a result of the crime
  • Victims of crime who are under 18, 60 and over, or disabled, who were not physically injured
  • Certain relatives and dependents, including surviving spouse, child, parent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, stepparent or person primarily dependent on the victim for support
  • Those who paid for or incurred burial costs for an innocent crime victim
  • Child victims, a child who witnesses a crime, and the child's

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