Victim Support

Victim Support

Victims of hate crimes are encouraged to access resources to support their healing process. Government agencies and community-based organizations offer a variety of programs and resources, including:

NYPD

Victims of hate crimes will be provided with the appropriate assistance by the local precinct's Community Affairs team and the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force.
Find your nearest precinct
Learn more about NYPD and the Hate Crime Task Force

ThriveNYC

Every NYPD precinct has advocates from Safe Horizon, a leading victim assistance organization, who can help individuals deal with the emotional, physical, and financial aftermath of any kind of crime or violence. The Crime Victim Assistance Program, part of ThriveNYC, offers:

  • counseling and connection to ongoing support
  • safety planning
  • help applying for crime victim compensation and public benefits
  • advocacy on your behalf to landlords, employers, schools, and creditors

Find crime victim advocates at your local precinct

People affected by family or intimate partner violence can also find help in Family Justice Centers. These services, part of ThriveNYC, help address the legal, social service, and mental health needs of victims and their families. They offer mental health support as well, including:

  • crisis counseling and connections to ongoing support
  • individual and group therapy
  • safety planning

Find the Family Justice Center in your borough

New York State

The New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS) also provides assistance to victims of hate crimes. OVS funds 223 programs statewide that can provide direct services, such as crisis intervention and counseling, to victims of crime, including those physically injured as a result of a hate crime. Those programs also can help any crime victim apply for compensation and other assistance from the agency, which is a safety net for individuals who have no other resources.
Find help from a service provider through OVS
Read more information about OVS

Community Organizations

Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ)

CLSJ offers free counseling and assistance in completing NYC CCRB complaints, NYPD criminal complaints, and Victim Compensation claims. CLSJ also offers free legal counseling for victims of hate crimes at their MEC Crown Heights office, referrals should victims seeks to file personal lawsuits, and advice on preserving evidence, reporting the crime to city and federal authorities, and reporting it to the media for news dissemination.

Visit the Center for Law and Social Justice website

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center)

The Center's Survivor Assistance Program (SAP) offers free case management, counseling, group support, peer support, and referrals to a vetted network of strategic partners to ensure that individuals are supported.

Visit the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) website

LGBT Network (Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc.)

LGBT Network offers accessible ways to report incidents to encourage and support victims and witnesses of violence to file a report, as well as crisis intervention, safety planning, short-term counseling, and referrals to additional support services, including medical, legal, mental health, and housing, etc. LGBT Network also offers advocacy and accompaniment to police, court, medical appointments, and social services as needed. LGBT Network can also provide legal counsel and court advocacy.

Visit the LGBT Network website

New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, Inc. (AVP)

Incident reporting services are available to anyone seeking services from AVP through their 24-hour confidential English/Spanish hotline (212-714-1141), online reporting form, or intake sites throughout the five boroughs. AVP also has support groups for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence, as well as specific groups for LGBTQ youth, and transgender and gender non-conforming people Additionally, AVP offers crisis intervention and safety planning and short-term counseling, as well as advocacy with and accompaniment to police, court, and social services agencies.

Visit the Anti-Violence Project website