CHSR completes assessment of the civil legal needs of crime victims in New York State

As part of the Victim Legal Assistance Network Development project, Dr. Susan Ehrhard-Dietzel led a comprehensive needs and systems assessment to identify existing gaps in civil legal services for crime victims. The final report presents findings from the two key components of the study–surveys of crime victims and service providers, and focus groups with these same parties as well as interviews with civil legal attorneys and law clinic faculty. The main objective of the needs assessment was to answer the following questions:

  • What kind of problems do victims of crime face in New York State, and what are their civil legal needs?
  • What are the existing gaps between services needed and services available?
  • What are the potential barriers to seeking/receiving help?
  • What role can an online resource play in order to fill the existing gaps?

Data collection and analysis reflect a collaborative effort between CHSR staff and the partners on the project: New York State Office of Victim Services, the Empire Justice Center, and Pro Bono Net.