The Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) is a cornerstone of New York City’s efforts to improve its response to victims of crime. Implemented by the NYPD and Safe Horizon, and supported by the Mayor’s Office of ThriveNYC, and available in precincts and Housing Police Service Areas citywide, the program has dedicated victim advocates for survivors of domestic violence and additional advocates for victims of every other category of crime.
CVAP provides supportive counseling, connections to individual or group therapy, and help navigating the legal and financial challenges that can emerge after a crime has occurred. We are in every precinct and Police Service Area (PSA) in the city. Advocates are available Monday – Friday.
When a crime is reported to NYPD, CVAP Advocates will:
- Contact victims by phone or mail after a police report is filed
- Assist victims who walk into a precinct seeking help
- Help victims identify and address their most pressing safety concerns
- Help victims develop a safety plan that meets their individual needs
- Inform victims of their rights and options, and link them to available services
- Explore eligibility for victim compensation and help victims apply as needed
- Advocate on behalf of victims with various systems, such as criminal justice, housing, and public benefits
- Conduct home visits with police officers