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Founded by the Center for Human Services Research, Empire Justice Center, Pro Bono Net, and the New York State Office of Victim Services, the New York Crime Victims Legal Network (CVLN) is a partnership of organizations designed to connect victims of crime with civil legal (non-criminal) information, resources, and assistance through its website, NY Crime Victims Legal Help (the website). The site includes information and self-help resources pertaining to victims’ rights, finding an attorney, accessing legal forms, and filing for victim compensation. This work was initially supported by federal funds; since 2020, it has been funded by the New York State Office of Victim Services (NYS OVS), with the other three organizations as grant partners. Over the course of the past several years, project partners have expanded the content, improved the site design, and enhanced the tools available on the website to best meet the needs of victims and service providers.

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