Community violence is an umbrella term for acts of violence (like stabbings, shootings, assaults or hate crimes) committed in public areas.
If you have survived community violence, we know that life may not look quite the same as it did before. CVTC can help you regain a sense of control and heal from what has happened. We define community violence broadly as violent acts committed against one person that also have the potential to impact the community. If you have been hurt by community violence, we're here to help.
If you're hurt, go to the hospital.
It's really important that you get medical attention immediately in an emergency. At Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, and Lenox Health Greenwich Village, your injuries will be treated and you will be able to connect with CVTC while you're there. No matter where you go for medical treatment, you can still call CVTC for help afterwards.
You may be eligible for financial reimbursement.
If you have been the victim of one of these crimes, CVTC can help you apply for financial reimbursement from the New York State Office of Victims Services (OVS). Our OVS specialist can help you file a claim for compensation. If you don't have insurance, if you've lost wages, or if your personal property was damaged or destroyed, we might be able to help.
Talking about it can help.
Many people think that after being attacked the easiest thing to do is to try to forget what happened. Some people think that they should be strong enough to deal with what happened on their own. Or that what happened wasn't serious enough to deserve help. If you've been hurt, you deserve help from someone who understands what you've been through. It does not mean you're not strong; calling CVTC takes a lot of courage, and it can help more than you think.