Tuesday, February 7, 2023

New York expands financial aid for victims of crimes such as dissemination of intimate images

what you should Know

  • Governor Cathy Hochul announced Tuesday that three laws have gone into effect in New York that expand financial assistance and protections for victims and survivors of crimes that did not result in physical injury. Financial assistance is provided, for example, to victims of illegal dissemination or publication of an intimate image, known as “revenge porn”, and reckless endangerment of the first and second degree.
  • Victims of infamous “revenge porn” and reckless endangerment who filed claims on or after December 27, 2022, are now eligible to receive compensation for some of the costs related to the crime.
  • On the other hand, victims and survivors of domestic violence can now use additional documents and information to prove identity theft before debt collection.

NEW YORK — Three laws have gone into effect in New York that extend financial assistance and protections to victims and victims in whom they have not suffered physical injury, Governor Cathy Hochul announced Tuesday.

Financial assistance is provided, for example, to victims of illegal dissemination or publication of an intimate image, known as “revenge porn”, and reckless endangerment of the first and second degree.

For a person to be able to benefit from this and seek compensation for some of the costs related to the crime, they must file a claim with the state victim services office on or after December 27, 2022. Violence They can now use additional documents and information to prove identity theft before debt collection occurs.

“Here in New York, we stand with the victims in every way possible and will continue to enact our laws to keep New Yorkers safe,” said Governor Hochul. “I am proud that I was able to work with my colleagues in the legislature to enact this legislative package to provide victims with the justice they deserve and make New York a safer state for all.”

The Office of Victim Services provides an important financial safety net for crime victims and survivors who have no other resources to pay for crime-related expenses. While many of those expenses come from people injured during the crime, state law allows some non-physically injured victims and survivors of intimate partner violence, hate crimes and other crimes to seek compensation from the agency. .

Individuals who are victims of revenge pornography, Penal Code Section 245.15, are now eligible to seek compensation for counseling and moving expenses, reimbursement for loss of income, and repair or replacement of agency-required personal property. Penal Code Sections 120.20 and 120.25 Victims of First and Second Degree Reckless Endangerment are now eligible to seek compensation for expenses related to counseling, unreimbursed costs of securing the crime scene, and crime scene cleanup, and lost damages Reimbursement earnings of.

In addition, state general business law has been amended to provide identity theft victims other ways to report the crime and to allow them to provide additional documents to be considered by creditors. required, which must prevent any collection activity. They have completed the review of that document.

Individuals now have the option of reporting identity theft to law enforcement or filing with the Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Victim Reporting Process. Creditors must now also consider statements from victims of coercion and/or family or criminal court documents before attempting collection.

Financial assistance provided by OVS also helps victims, survivors, and family members with medical bills, funeral and burial expenses, loss of support, and other assistance. New York is the only state in the country with no cap on therapy or counseling costs, meaning people can get help whenever they need it. The Office of Victim Services also funds and supports 239 victim assistance programs across the state that provide crisis counseling, counseling, emergency shelter, civil legal assistance, case management and advocacy, among other services across the state.

While eligibility for compensation or reimbursement is determined by a person’s income and access to other resources, such as health insurance, victim assistance programs provide services and support at no cost to any individual. You can visit the Office of Victim Services website.

New York State also offers 24/7 support for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. You can call 800-942-6906; Text 844-997-2121; or talk to opdv.ny.gov.

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