Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Crime Victims Board/Division of Criminal Justice Services
(518) 457-8906 or (518) 275-5508 – cell
janine.kava@dcjs.ny.gov
For immediate release: Friday, May 15, 2009

Crime Victims Board Sexual Assault, Rape Crisis Awareness Grants Fact Sheet

  • The New York State Crime Victims Board has awarded approximately $500,000 in grants to 19 organizations throughout New York State, including hospitals, sexual assault and rape crisis centers and victims’ services programs, to enhance sexual assault/rape crisis services and increase awareness of those services.
  • The grant funds were included in the state’s 2007-08 budget as a legislative initiative sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Members Jeffrion Aubry, RoAnn Destito, Joseph Lentol and Helene Weinstein.
  • The grants were awarded last fall after a competitive application process, during which 40 organizations submitted proposals totaling $2.1 million for funding. Grant awards ranged from $5,044 to $67,124 and are being used to:
    • Purchase a variety of medical equipment that is used during sexual assault examinations, as well as digital cameras to document injuries.
    • Create and place radio, television and print advertisements, and develop collateral material such as brochures, posters, magnets and key rings, all designed to increase awareness of the availability of sexual assault and rape crisis services in the communities served by the organizations that received the grants.
  • Erie County Medical Center received $33,259 to: purchase new medical equipment for its Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Center of Excellence and fund clinician training that allows the medical center to enhance services to sexual assault victims; as well as develop informational messages/materials to increase public awareness about services for sexual assault victims.  
  • In addition to ECMC, the following organizations throughout Upstate, in New York City and on Long Island, received grants:

Upstate and Long Island

  • Rockland Family Shelter - $66,783
  • Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk - $58,200
  • Crime Victims Assistance Center (Binghamton) - $46,560
  • Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. - $40,818
  • Rape Crisis of the Southern Tier - $34,222
    (Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties)
  • Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center - $21,883
  • Southern Tier Health Care System - $20,952
    (Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties)
  • Lewis County Opportunities - $19,485
  • Planned Parenthood of the Mohawk/Hudson Inc. - $18,042
    (Essex, Fulton, Hamilton and Montgomery counties)
  • Opportunities for Oswego - $7,760
  • F.F. Thompson Hospital (Ontario County) - $5,361
  • Lockport Memorial Hospital (Niagara County) - $5,077

New York City

  • New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault - $67,124
  • Harlem Hospital Center - $19,807
  • HHC/Woodhull Medical Center - $20,589
  • Jacobi Medical Center - $7,074
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center - $6,910
  • North Central Bronx Hospital - $5,044

The New York State Crime Victims Board

  • The Crime Victims Board was established in 1966 “to provide compensation to innocent victims of crime in a timely, efficient and compassionate manner; to fund direct services to crime victims via a network of community-based programs; and to advocate for the rights and benefits of all innocent victims of crime.”
  • The board provided more than $27 million in compensation to victims during the state’s 2007-08 fiscal year (April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008), the most recent year for which statistics are available. In addition, it provided more than $29.4 million in funding to 195 victims’ assistance programs across the state, including six programs in Erie County:
    • $290,000 to the Erie County District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Program
    • $285,000 to Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services Advocacy Program
    • $203,764 to the Northwest Buffalo Community Center Victim Program
    • $189,954 to the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center
    • $183,805 to Child and Adolescent Treatment Services for the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center
    • $48,421 to the Erie County Probation Victim Unit
  • Funding for compensation to crime victims and grant money to support victims’ assistance programs throughout the state, comes from the state and federal government, generated by fines, mandatory surcharges and crime victim assistance fees that certain offenders pay after conviction in either state or federal court. For example, an individual convicted of a felony in New York State must pay a $300 mandatory surcharge and a $25 crime victim assistance fee.

The board has offices in Albany, Brooklyn and Buffalo; it is governed by five members, all of whom are appointed for seven-year terms by the Governor with the advice and consent of the state Senate. For more information, visit www.ovs.ny.gov