New York adopted a legislation that expands eligibility for certain crime victims to receive compensation effective on October 17.
In a statement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the changes demonstrate state’s continued commitment to helping the vulnerable and crime victims. He added that it is important to ensure crime victims receive the support they need to recover and restore a normal life.
Crime victims not physically can now request compensation
Under the legislation, the state will compensate victims of hate crimes and other offenses that were not physically injured. It also covers vulnerable elderly or disabled individuals incapable of taking care of themselves. These crime victims can request for compensation from Office of Victims Services if they lost up to $30,000 in savings.
The office of Victims Services will compensate eligible victims and their family members for expenses incurred because of crime. These include medical and counseling bills, funeral and burial costs, lost wages and support, and other assistance.