Haven House

For Crime Victims

Office of Victim Services (OVS)/Crime Victims Board (CVB)

Haven House staff can assist victims of domestic violence with Office of Victim Services (OVS)/Crime Victims Board (CVB) applications. Since its establishment OVS has provided substantial financial relief to victims of crime and their families by paying unreimbursed crime-related expenses, including but not limited to: medical and funeral expenses, loss of earnings or support, counseling costs, crime scene clean-up expenses, the cost to repair or replace items of essential personal property, reasonable court transportation expenses, assistance to crime victims acting as a good Samaritan, the cost of residing at or utilizing the services of a domestic violence shelter, and limited attorney fees.

Victim Information and Notification Every Day (VINE)

The New York State Victim Notification Service (VINE) is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or Internet to search for information regarding their offender’s custody status and register to receive telephone and e-mail notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for New York VINE is 1-888-846-3469. Click here to visit the VINELink website.

Computer Safety

Be aware that computer use, internet activities, and e-mail can be tracked. For more details about Internet Safety, click here. If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, call 911 or the Haven House Hotline (716) 884-6000.

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