August 2, 2019 - 4:15pm
The state Office of Victim Services seeks to reach individuals who were injured during a mass shooting that occurred late Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood.
Brownsville shooting victims may be eligible for OVS assistance
The state Office of Victim Services seeks to reach individuals who were injured during a mass shooting that occurred late Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood. One person was killed and 11 were wounded during the annual Brownsville Old Timers Day block party; the agency may be able to assist those individuals and children under 18 who witnessed the event first-hand.
The Office of Victim Services provides a safety net for crime victims and/or their family members, helping eligible individuals with medical and counseling expenses, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages and support, in addition to other assistance. New York is the only state in the nation that has no cap on counseling or medical expenses, which means crime victims and family members can receive help as along as it is necessary. Reimbursement for other expenses, such as loss of support, is capped under the law.
The agency is payer of last resort, meaning all other sources of assistance, such as medical or automobile insurance and workers' compensation, must be exhausted before the agency can reimburse victims or their family members for out-of-pocket losses related to the crime. An individual’s eligibility is not dependent upon an arrest or conviction in connection with the crime.
The agency also funds more than 200 victim assistance programs, including 11 in Brooklyn, that provide direct services, including counseling, advocacy and legal services, among other help, across the state. Advocates who work for those programs also assist individuals with filing claims.