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Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program


The Legal Project’s Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program provides civil legal services to survivors of crime in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer Counties, as well as survivors who are incarcerated in Albany, Schenectady, and Rensselaer County Jails. This program is holistically-based, offering legal advice and/or representation for issues related to landlord/tenant, housing, divorce, family court, victim compensation, as well as many others, including:

  • Adult Physical Assault 
  • Adult Sexual Assault 
  • Adults Sexually Abused as Children 
  • Arson 
  • Bullying 
  • Burglary 
  • Child Physical Abuse & Neglect 
  • Child Pornography 
  • Child Sexual Abuse 
  • Domestic & Family Violence 
  • DUI & DWI Incidents 
  • Elder Abuse & Neglect 
  • Hate Crimes 
  • Human Trafficking (Labor & Sex) 
  • Identity Theft, Fraud & Financial Crimes 
  • Kidnapping (non-custodial) 
  • Kidnapping (custodial) 
  • Mass Violence 
  • Robbery 
  • Stalking & Harassment 
  • Survivors of Homicide Victims 
  • Terrorism 
  • Vehicular Crimes 
  • Violation of Court Orders 

 When Should You Speak with an Attorney?

 The Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program offers free and confidential consultations with attorneys who can listen to your concerns in order to help you choose the best avenues that the law can provide for your goals. Crime victim attorneys can answer legal questions to help you understand the civil legal process and your rights as a crime victim. They can also offer representation in certain areas if that is what you decide to do. Staff can also assist survivors of crime in completing a New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) Victims’ Compensation Application.

 Link to brochure for OVS Victims’ Compensation Application: https://ovs.ny.gov/sites/default/files/brochure/ovs-brochure-final-web.pdf

 

How Can an Attorney Help You?

 An attorney can listen to your concerns and help you figure out how to proceed based on your goals. Crime victims attorneys can:

 Help you understand how the law applies to your situation and help you make an informed plan.

  • Help you understand what your rights as a crime victim are.
  • Advocate on your behalf to receive the support and safety you need.
  • Represent you in court and/or out of court to accomplish your goals.

 For more information about the Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program, or to set up a free confidential legal consultation, please call us at 518-435-1770 or email the Crime Victims Program Coordinator at cvlap@legalproject.org. If you or a loved one are incarcerated in Albany, Schenectady, or Rensselaer County Jails and would like assistance, please write us at:

The Legal Project

24 Aviation Road  Suite 101

Albany, NY 12205

Attn: Crime Victims Program Coordinator

 We cannot accept collect calls from county jails.

 

Community Resources

 The Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program does not provide crisis to survivors. Although we can provide basic safety planning, if you need to talk to some immediately in regard to surviving a crime, please see below for local hotline numbers and resources:

 

 Albany County

 Albany County Crime Victims & Sexual Violence Center (518) 447-7716*

 Equinox, Inc. (518) 432-7865*

 In Our Own Voices (518) 432-4341

 

 Rensselaer County

Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program (518) 271-3257*

Unity House (518) 272-2370*

 

Schenectady County

Victim Advocacy Services of Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson (518) 346-2266*

YWCA of Northeastern New York (518) 374-3386*

*Hotline available 24 hours/day 7 days/week

 

Jail Resources

Please see below for additional resources if you or a loved one are an incarcerated survivor of crime:

 

Just Detention International (JDI)

JDI is a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. If you or someone you know has been sexually abused while in detention, you can call 213-384-1400 x110.

 

Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York

If you or a loved one are incarcerated in a NYS prison and are facing issues related to confinement, you can contact Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York at 518-445-6050. Services include: direct civil legal services, assistance with immigration issues, guard brutality, visitation issues, disciplinary hearings, and more.