The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center) joined the state in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 2-8. This year’s theme “Strength, Resilience, Justice” presented an opportunity to highlight the importance of providing services and supports to crime victims, witnesses and their families.
The Justice Center developed a new informational brochure to help inform victims of their rights and the many services the Justice Center and the NYS Office of Victim Services make available to assist them in the aftermath of a crime.
The Justice Center recognizes that crime victims and individuals who witness a crime may suffer emotional or physical trauma and often are in need of information and services to aid in their recovery. This brochure was designed to help guide individuals through the complex criminal justice process and to make them aware of the services available to them.
Justice Center advocates provide support, guidance and resource referral assistance, case status information, and assistance with applications for crime victims’ compensation and victim impact statements. Advocates are also available to accompany victims during interviews and court appearances.
Justice Center special prosecutors and advocates attended Crime Victims’ Awareness Week events across the state to show their support for victims, honor the professionals who serve them and helped raise public awareness about the Justice Center’s mission to protect people with special needs from abuse, neglect and mistreatment.
The Services for Crime Victims, Witnesses and Families brochure is available on the Justice Center’s website for download and may be printed for distribution. To order brochures, please send an email to supportcoordinator@justicecenter,ny.gov.
About the Justice Center
The Justice Center operates a toll-free hotline for people to report allegations of abuse, neglect, and significant incidents involving people with special needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone who witnesses or suspects an act of abuse or neglect has been committed can make a report.
The Justice Center has authority to investigate all reports of abuse and neglect in covered facilities and programs, pursue administrative sanctions against staff found responsible for misconduct, and its Special Prosecutor/Inspector General shares jurisdiction with local District Attorneys to prosecute criminal offenses involving allegations of abuse or neglect.
For Immediate Release: April 12, 2017
Contact: Diane Ward, Office of Communications