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$30M available for Crime Victims assistance programs


ALBANY, N.Y.—Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that approximately $30M in grant funding is available to crime victim's assistance programs across New York State.

This funding includes counseling and crisis intervention, advocacy, and legal assistance to crime victims.

"I'm proud New York was one of the first states in the country to provide compensation to crime victims. These funds will allow community-based organizations across the state to offer New Yorkers the immediate and long-term assistance they need to fully recover," said Governor Cuomo.

Crime victims' assistance programs can apply for the approximately $30 million through a competitive request for proposals that has been issued by the state's Office of Victim Services (OVS).

"It is critical to have a strong network of programs across the state that can provide a wide range of assistance and support, everything from emergency services such as temporary housing, hotlines and counseling to having someone guide them through the criminal justice system. This type of assistance can provide hope and make the journey through the system easier for victims to negotiate," said OVS Director Elizabeth Cronin.

For more information about services offered by OVS, including eligibility guidelines and a list of crime victims' assistance programs that currently receive funding, visit www.ovs.ny.gov or call 1-800-247-8035.

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