The Yates County District Attorney’s office has and will always consider assisting victims and witnesses as a top priority. The Victim Assistance program was started in October 2000 to ensure that the unique needs of survivors of crime were being met, throughout the court process and beyond. The program is funded through the New York State Crime Victim’s Board grant. The grant is written by the Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc.
The New York State Crime Victims Board was established on August 1, 1966. It provides financial relief to specified victims of crime and their families by paying non-reimbursed crime-related expenses or support, counseling, crime scene clean-up expenses, the cost to repair or replace items of essential personal property, reasonable court transportation expenses, and the cost of residing at or utilizing the services of a domestic violence shelter. In 1981 the Crime Victims Board began funding programs to specifically address the needs of crime victims.
The Victim/Witness Coordinator provides victims with information about the court process and updates the victim on the status of their particular case, provides support and accompaniment to law enforcement agencies and court proceedings. The Coordinator informs victims of services available to them and makes referrals to appropriate agencies. The Coordinator also assists the victim with the Crime Victims Board application when eligible and provides transportation when necessary.