Survivors of Homicide Victims
As a society, we recognize that there is no crime more egregious than murder. And as a community, we know that the aftermath of homicide, regardless of the circumstances, takes a terrible and lasting toll on the loved ones left behind and the communities impacted.
In Suffolk County, specially trained and highly experienced victim-witness advocates are assigned to serve the families of homicide and motor vehicle homicide victims as quickly as possible. These advocates work with survivors from the earliest moments of the investigation to provide assistance and referrals for services, assist in applying for resources and Victim Compensation, and keep families updated as an investigation proceeds. When an arrest is made, an advocate will notify listed family members of court dates and accompany them in court. They will also provide assistance to witnesses to homicide and other violent crimes who are eligible for assistance through the Witness Protection Fund.
Our victim witness advocates strive to remain in contact with families whose loved one’s murder remains unsolved. However, as years pass, advocates and families may have lost contact. If you are the survivor of an unsolved homicide and have not had recent contact with our office, please contact us here to reach the victim witness advocate assigned to your loved one’s case. You and your family are important to us, and we aim to ensure that you receive any necessary services and updated information.