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New York City police stations add professional victim advocates to staff.

The crime itself is often only the beginning of a lengthy trauma for crime victims: there are frequently medical bills to be paid, trauma that requires counseling, and the retraumatizing process of being interviewed and serving as a witness.National Center for the Victims of Crime, “The Trauma of Victimization.” But for victims in New York City, there is a new resource:

In 2018 the city completed the rollout of a $12.5 million collaborative project between the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and Safe Horizon, a nonprofit that provides services to victims of violence.Ashley Southall, “In Police Stations, Help for Crime Victims Is Closer to Home,” New York Times, August 27, 2018; Benjamin Mueller, “In Bid to Build Trust, New York City Adds Victims’ Allies in All Precincts,” New York Times, October 27, 2018; and Safe Horizon, “Home.”“Help for Crime Victims Is Closer to Home,” 2018. For the 157 professionally trained advocates working in New York City police stations, a typical day might involve helping someone fill out paperwork to receive compensation, connecting someone to a counselor, or even calling a locksmith so that a person whose home has been broken into can feel safe again.“Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Expand Benefits Available to Crime Victims” (Albany, NY: Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, August 22, 2018).[/footnote]