For Crime Victims

We Can Help

If you have been the victim of a violent crime, CVTC is here to help. We can help you regain a sense of control over your life after surviving a crime, whether it happened yesterday, ten years ago or when you were a child.

CVTC offers post-trauma crisis counseling, medical or legal support, and therapy to cope with interpersonal or job-related problems.

All too often crime victims are left with expenses for medical procedures, physical rehabilitation, counseling, and lost wages.  If the crime happened in New York State, you may be eligible for reimbursement of crime-related expenses by the New York State Office of Victim Services.  CVTC can help you find out if you are eligible and if you are, we can help you to complete and submit your Crime Victims Compensation claim. 

You may be feeling angry, confused or frightened. You may be feeling guilty. Above all, you may be feeling helpless. These are normal reactions for survivors of a violent crime. No matter what the circumstances, you did not deserve to be assaulted and you are not to blame.

If you are a friend or family member of someone who has been a victim of a crime, it can affect you too. Read more about how you can help your loved one > Friends, Family and Partners of Survivors.

If the crime happened in the past, we understand the many ways in which your current life may still be affected.  We can help you recognize and free yourself from the shame, distrust and low self-esteem that can lead to isolation and self-destructive behaviors.

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Education and Training Programs

Education and Training

Since its inception, CVTC has been on the cutting edge of medical and forensic care for victims of violence.  At a time when hospitals did not have standards of care for sexual assault, CVTC pioneered the development of treatment protocols, evidence collection systems, and after-care support services.  At a time when volunteer rape crisis counselors were looked upon with suspicion, CVTC ensured that trained volunteer advocates became an integral part of the treatment of rape survivors in the emergency room.  CVTC was the first program in New York City to address the problem of male sexual assault by recruiting and training male rape crisis advocates, and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt was one of the first hospitals in New York City to implement a Sexual Assault Examiner Program.

Roosevelt Hospital Emergency Department

59th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues
212-523-6800

Roosevelt Hospital Map

St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Department

113th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive
212-523-3500

St Lukes Map

Counseling for Survivors
Support Groups for Survivors
Counseling and Support for Family and Friends

Emergency Department Programs

Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners (SAFE)
Domestic Violence Identification and Intervention Program
Volunteer Advocacy

Call us at (212) 523-4728 to get more information about our programs.