Victim Assistance Program

Victim Assistance Program

What is the direct reimbursement Forensic Rape Exam (FRE) Program?

What is the direct reimbursement Forensic Rape Exam (FRE) Program?

The FRE program is a direct reimbursement program to New York State accredited hospitals, accredited sexual assault examiner programs or licenses health care providers who provide, among other services, forensic rape examination services to a sexual assault survivor.  For the service provider to use this program, the victim must elect not to use health insurance and the health care provider must submit a completed FRE form to OVS. See our Frequently Asked Questions page for the FRE program on our Services page for more information.

What is a Victim Assistance Program?

What is a Victim Assistance Program?

Victim Assistance Programs (VAPs) are programs which provide services to victims of crime.  VAPs can provide immediate help to victims and offer additional services that are not directly offered by OVS. Many of these services can be of great comfort and assistance to victims of crimes.  While not all VAPs are funded by OVS, nearly 200 VAPs are funded through the New York State OVS and are located throughout the State. These programs can assist you in filing your claim with OVS. For a listing of VAPs funded by OVS in your area, go to our Locate a Program Near You page.

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