University at Albany
 

Victim Legal Assistance Network Development

This project is a collaborative effort between the New York State Office of Victim Services(OVS), the Empire Justice Center (EJC), Pro Bono Net (PBN) and CHSR researchers. It is funded by a federal grant from the Office for Victims of Crime.

This project is a collaborative effort between the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS), the Empire Justice Center (EJC), Pro Bono Net (PBN) and CHSR researchers. It is funded by a federal grant (no. 2014-XV-BX-K009) from the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.

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.

Evaluation & Research

As part of the needs assessment, CHSR will analyze data on crime and victim services, conduct a review of existing programs and services across New York State, survey victims and service providers, and conduct focus groups and interviews with crime victims and service providers. Based on the assessment, CHSR will work with the OVS, EJC, PBN 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.

Contact: Dr. Susan Ehrhard-Dietzel