New York County District Attorney’s Witness Aid Services Unit
As a crime victim, the New York County District Attorney’s Office realizes the social and emotional impact that crime can have on you, your family, and your friends. As a result, our office has established the Witness Aid Services Unit to provide you with the ongoing support and services that you may need. The unit provides a wide range of services to victims, witnesses, and their families including social services assistance, professional counseling services, court related assistance, and help in understanding and gaining access to the criminal justice system.
If you are a victim or a witness to a crime or a family member, the Witness Aid Services Unit is here to help. Please contact our unit’s Victim Assistance Center at 212-335-9040. We are ready to assist you. You can reach the Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The staff can provide you with court related information such as the court case number, information on the status of the case, and the name of the assistant district attorney who is prosecuting the case. The staff will also advocate and coordinate services for you with community agencies.
Examples of some of the many other services provided by the unit are:
Counseling and support groups;
Crisis intervention and support;
Assistance in obtaining a court order of protection (Click here for more information about orders of protection)
Referrals to shelters;
Accompaniment to court;
Information about the case and the court process;
Assistance in applying for reimbursement of medical expenses, lost wages, etc. ;
Victims’ rights information and assistance in exercising those rights;
Assistance in obtaining a release of stolen property
The Witness Aid Services Unit has a staff of 35, including victim advocates and social workers who are specially trained to help you. Spanish speaking staff and interpreters for other languages are available. All services offered by the unit are free of charge.
Click here for the Witness Aid Services Unit's brochure
The following is a list of hospital-based programs for victims of crime that you may find helpful:
Bellevue Hospital Center - Crime Victims Program
This hospital based program provides counseling services and advocacy for adolescent and adult victims of any crime. They also provide crisis intervention services, needs assessments and criminal justice advocacy with the New York Police Department, District Attorney’s Offices, the New York State Office of Victim Services and referrals to community based agencies. They can be reached at 212-562-3755.
Harlem Hospital - Center for Victim Support
This hospital based program provides crisis counseling and support, information and referrals, and individual, group and family therapy. Advocacy is also provided with the criminal justice system. They can be reached at 212-939-4613.
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Victim Intervention Program
This hospital based program provides adult crime victims with crisis intervention services, assistance in navigating the legal system and information and referrals. Short term counseling services is also provided by licensed social workers. They can be reached at 212-746-4458. You can also visit their website here
St. Luke’s - Roosevelt Hospital Crime Victims Treatment Center
This hospital based program provides clinical and supportive services for victims of crime and their loved ones. They also provide referrals, support and advocacy for medical, legal, and social services. This program has two locations as follows:
West Village Office - 212-523-8200. You can also visit their website at:
Upper West Side Office - 212-523-4728. You can also visit their website at:
The following is a list of community-based resources for victims of crime that you may find helpful:
Karen Horney Clinic
This organization offers a variety of treatment programs for victims of crime including an adult treatment program and a child and adolescent services program. They can be reached at 212-838-4333 ext. 125. You can also visit their website at:
Safe Horizon General Victims Hotline
Provide crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with finding shelters, referrals to Safe Horizon programs or other organizations, advocacy with the police, and other crucial services.
Safe Horizon Project Safe
Project Safe provides free locks and cylinder replacement for victims of crime.
The following is a list of other resources that you may find helpful:
New York City Department of Corrections
This city agency has an inmate lookup service which provides information regarding inmates who are in the custody of the New York City correctional system. This agency can be reached at 718-546-1500. You can also visit their website at:
New York State Department of Correctional Services
This state agency has an inmate lookup service which provides information regarding inmates who are incarcerated in state correctional facilities. The information available includes parole hearing dates and potential dates for the release of the inmate. Victims can also register to receive various types of release notifications. This agency can be reached at 518-0457-8126. You can also visit their website at:
New York State Division of Parole
This state agency assists victims in making victim impact statements which could have an effect when an inmate is released from a state correctional facility. This agency also has a parolee lookup service which provides information regarding inmates who have been released by a state correctional facility and who are now under parole supervision. This agency can be reached at 518-473-9400. You can also visit their website at:
New York State Office of Victim Services
This state agency provides several different types of financial compensation to victims of crime including reimbursement for unpaid medical expenses, loss of income, burial expenses and crime scene cleanup. This agency can be reached at 800-247-8035. You can also visit their website at:
VINE (Victim Inmate Notification Everyday)
VINE is a national victim notification network. The service provided by VINE allows victims to obtain timely information about the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day. If an offender is in custody at the time of their call to VINE or their website search for the offender, VINE offers the victim an opportunity to register to receive an automated release notification. Victims can register to receive a release notification by phone, by fax, or by email. VINE can be reached at 888-846-3469. You can also visit their website at