Elmira Police Department Victim Services

Victim Services Coordinator

Lori Waters: (607) 737-5800

How We Can Help

Our goal is to meet the immediate health and safety needs for a victim after a crime has been committed. We respect individuals’ choices and provide compassionate care. Services are catered to each individuals needs and advocacy can include.

  • Assistance applying for and/or referral to state victim compensation resources
  • Assistance obtaining basic needs
  • Criminal justice information and support
  • Crisis intervention
  • Emotional support
  • Informing victims of their rights
  • Resources and information
  • Safety planning

Impact of crime

Reactions to a crime vary based on the individual. Some individuals report feeling “okay” after experiencing a crime. However, 50% of people who have been victimized report moderate distress as a result of the crime (Department of Justice, 2012). While reactions vary, it is not uncommon for people to experience the following after a crime:

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Feeling numb
  • Flashbacks
  • Isolation
  • Poor concentration
  • Stomach problems
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Avoiding people or certain situations

Additional Information


Chemung County Domestic Violence Hotline: (607)732-1979 (24/7)
Survivor Support Services – Planned Parenthood of Greater New York   (sexual assault assistance chemung county)
Catholic Charities First Step Victim Services (Chemung and Schuyler)
Child Advocacy Center (CAC) 


NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Office of Victim Services 

New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
VineLink (Victim Information Notification Everyday)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Crime Victims Bar Association
Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network

National Center for Victims of Crime


Crime Victim Rights in NYS 

Common Elderly Scams

While these initial reactions are normal, we strongly encourage anyone who has been a victim of a crime to contact an advocate.

The Elmira Police Departments’ Victims Assistance Program is committed to providing excellent services to victims of crime. If you recently had contact with our program, we would like to know about your experience. Please take a few minutes to rate the following statements by selecting the choices that most closely match your feelings. Your responses will help us serve you and other crime victims more effectively in the future. 

Elmira Police Department Victim/Witness Program Survey