All law enforcement agencies in New York State are required to provide victim notification cards, claim applications and information brochures relating to the availability of crime victim compensation to every victim of a crime. All hospitals are also required to have these claim applications available and to display the OVS’s posters in their emergency rooms. In addition, Victim Assistance Programs funded by OVS are required to aid victims in filing claim applications with OVS. The agency’s own advocate staff also assist victims with the application process. Victims, of course, may apply to OVS on their own. These are just some of the means by which claim applications are submitted to the OVS. Certain fundamental elements of the application must be completed in order for the claim to be “accepted” by OVS.
Fiscal Year Claims Accepted