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Even During this Covid-19 Pandemic, the Victims' Justice Center of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office is here to help victims of crimes via telephone and email. Victims should know we are continuing to assist them when they need help. Asking the right questions, being informed and being involved in the court proceedings is part of the healing process.

In general, our staff can help victims file applications to the New York State Office of Victim Services for reimbursement for fees associated with such things as crime scene cleanup costs, funeral expenses or other financial losses experienced as a result of a crime against them.

The VJC is also able to make referrals to many community organizations/service providers who can assist with legal matters outside our expertise, as well as making referrals for counseling (offered remotely using tele-health) by our own trauma therapist at WJCS.

For help contact the VJC by phone (914) 995-3300 or via email to Elida Lewellyn, Victims’ Justice Center Director at epatino@westchesterda.net.

VJC has bilingual Spanish-speaking staff.

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.