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Tech Boost to Help Local Crime Victims

By Jason Weinstein.
A new grant could help crime victims get much-needed help faster.

The Crime Victims Assistance Center is getting $24,000 from the state for technology upgrades. The agency will use the money to update it's computer server, and to buy desktop scanners and tablets.

The agency responds to three area emergency rooms 24 hours a day. Workers can use those tablets to begin the paperwork needed to help victims of crimes such as rape get funding for services.

"It might be police reports submitted to the state. Other information that the state requests in order to file a claim. There's a whole process. So we try to help facilitate that process. These technology upgrades are going to let us do that much more quickly," said Raini Baudendistel, Executive Director of the Crime Victims Assistance Center.

This grant is part of a pool of $43.8 million in funding from to 175 non-profit agencies serving crime victims in New York.