The Victims’ Justice Center (VJC) of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office provides victims of crimes and their families information and assistance regarding their rights, their safety and the resources available to help cope with the emotional, physical and financial impacts of the crime.

VJC staff assists victims and survivors file applications to the New York State Office of Victim Services for reimbursement of fees associated with medical bills, funeral expenses or other financial losses experienced as a result of a crime against them or their families.

The VJC can also make referrals to community organizations or service providers that assist victims with legal matters beyond the scope of the VJC staff, and make referrals for counseling (includes remote tele-health) by a VJC trauma therapist at Westchester Jewish Community Services.

The VJC hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Victims’ Justice Center
Elida Lewellyn, Director
(914) 995-3300

VJC has bilingual Spanish-speaking staff. El Centro de Justicia de Víctimas tiene personal bilingüe que habla Español.

What help is available?

  • Staff can provide victims with information about their case and the court process
  • Accompany victims and their families to court proceedings
  • Provide advocacy and referrals to other agencies and services
  • Assist with victim impact statements at sentencing

The Victims' Justice Center will also provide counseling services and resources, including:

  • Counseling, therapy and crisis intervention
  • Referrals to support groups for families involved in a homicide, elder abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault

The Victims' Justice Center can assist with crime victims’ compensation claims.

For those who qualify, this may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of income
  • Crime scene clean-up expenses
  • Reasonable and necessary court transportation expenses
  • Essential personal property (prescription eyeglasses, for example)

Refer to these guides
Know Your Rights: A Guide for Victims of Crime
Every Crime Victim Matters: A Guide to Crime Victims Compensation in NY State
Visit the NYS OVS for further information. 

Inmate information
Victims, family members and the general public can access basic information about an inmate in custody of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

To be notified of an offender’s release from jail or state prison, register with VINElink by phone at (888) 846-3469 or visit VINElink.