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The Civil Legal Needs of Victims of Crime in New York State: An Assessment of the Issues, Services, and Challenges in Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Victims

Show simple item record Ehrhard-Dietzel, Susan Gross, Kelly Siwach, Garima 2018-09-27T21:08:19Z 2018-09-27T21:08:19Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Ehrhard-Dietzel, Susan; Gross, Kelly; Siwach, Garima. (2017). en_US
dc.description Report en_US
dc.description.abstract The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive, collaborative network to meet the civil legal needs of crime victims in New York State, outside of New York City. An advisory committee comprised of crime victim advocates, civil attorneys, prosecutors, relevant state and local agencies, and crime victim representatives was created to inform a needs assessment and implementation plan for a triage approach to service provision and coordination....CHSR [Center for Human Services Research] analyzed data on crime and victim services; conducted a review of existing programs and services across New York State; surveyed victims and service providers; and conducted focus groups and interviews with crime victims, service providers, and civil legal attorneys. Based on the findings from the assessment, CHSR is working with the OVS, EJC, PBN [Office of Victim Services, Empire Justice Center, and Pro Bono Net], and the advisory committee to develop and implement a triage approach to meeting the civil legal needs of crime victims, using web-based technology to connect victims and service providers from across the state. This “triaging toolkit” will include an online module that crime victims can complete to identify what if any civil legal needs they have, web-based support programs for legal issues that can be addressed without legal counsel, web-based programs that assist the victim in completing initial paperwork, and assistance in connecting with legal counsel (legal services, private bar, or a law school). The triaging toolkit will ensure that crime victims are connected to needed services....We found that most crime victims faced problems related to money or finances, family, and housing. High percentages of victims reported needing help with knowing what services were available and understanding the legal system. Many of those who did not seek help to deal with their problems indicated that they did not know what services were available or that they did not think anything could be done. Service providers similarly reported that victims’ lack of knowledge about the availability of services was the strongest barrier to meeting the needs of crime victims. In focus groups and interviews, participants echoed these responses and highlighted transportation barriers as well as language and cultural barriers. (Author Description and Text) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University at Albany en_US
dc.subject Needs Assessment en_US
dc.subject Legal Aid en_US
dc.subject Victim Rights en_US
dc.subject Focus Group en_US
dc.subject Interview Results en_US
dc.subject Victim Needs en_US
dc.subject Resource Needs en_US
dc.subject Family en_US
dc.subject Housing en_US
dc.subject Victim Services en_US
dc.subject Interagency Collaboration en_US
dc.subject Public Awareness en_US
dc.subject Limited Access en_US
dc.subject Technology Services en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Service en_US
dc.title The Civil Legal Needs of Victims of Crime in New York State: An Assessment of the Issues, Services, and Challenges in Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Victims en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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