The Office of Victim Services provides a safety net for individuals who have no other way to pay for costs including but not limited to medical bills, counseling expenses, burial and funeral costs, and lost wages resulting from being victims of crime. Family members of crime victims also may be eligible for help.
The agency is a payer of last resort, which means a victim or survivor of a crime or family member must exhaust all other sources of compensation before OVS can assist. For example, benefits must first be obtained from health or other insurance policies or workers’ compensation before the agency can provide financial assistance.
You also may view/print a PDF of the Claim Application for reference.
For more information, visit: Victim Compensation | Office of Victim Services (ny.gov)