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Programs whose objective is to help victims of crimes and their families recover from the trauma of their experience, get medical assistance when required, make their way through the legal system, have an opportunity to provide input to parole or clemency hearings, take appropriate steps, where relevant, to avoid becoming re-victimized, access the benefits to which they are entitled and rebuild their lives.

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Service NameDescriptionLocationProgramAgency
Alice Paul House Crime Victim CompensationOffers financial assistance to victims of crime.IndianaCrime Victim CompensationAlice Paul House
Alice Paul House Overall ServicesAlice Paul House provides services to victims/survivors of domestic violence,sexual assault,other serious crimes & Juvenile offenders.Services include 24 hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter,legal/medical advocacy,trauma informed empowerment counseling and education.IndianaAdvocacy for Victims of Violent CrimesAlice Paul House
Alle-Kiski Area HOPE CenterProvides a 30-day Emergency Shelter for homeless women (singles or w/ children) who are experiencing domestic violence as well as for women(singles or w/ children) who are experiencing homelessness. Other services offered are: 24/7 Crisis Hotline, Information & Referral to other resources, Crisis Intervention for victims of domestic violence (individual or group), Legal Advocacy, Emergency PFA's for residents of Allegheny County, a one-year Transitional Housing Program, and Education & Prevention Programming offered to community agencies & organizations as well as the local school districts.AlleghenyAlle-Kiski Area HOPE CenterAlle-Kiski Area HOPE Center, Inc.
Blackburn Center - Medical Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Abuse,Sexual Assault and Other CrimesProvides medical advocacy for domestic violence, sexual assault and victims of other crimes in area hospital emergency roomsWestmorelandMedical Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual AssaultBlackburn Center
Center for VictimsCenter for Victims works closely with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office and the police to assist you in your interactions with both entities. We also work to ensure your rights. Center for Victims is a separate, non-profit organization that serves the needs of crime victims, witnesses, families and communities impacted by violence. Crime Victim Services::
  • Victims’ Rights Information
  • Legal Support – Accompaniment & Advocacy
  • Counseling and Therapy
  • Victims Compensation Assistance
  • Offender Release Information & Notification
  • Advocacy
  • Victim Offender Dialogue (Restorative Justice Program)
Domestic Violence Services::
  • Protection From Abuse Order Assistance
  • Counseling & Safety Planning
  • Children’s Advocacy and Counseling
  • Medical Advocacy
  • Sexual Assault Services::
    • Medical Advocacy & Accompaniment
    Visit website for details.
    AlleghenyCenter for VictimsCenter for Victims
    Clinton County Victim Service ProgramWorks with the District Attorney and the court system to assist crime victims. Services include:
    • Assistance with preparing Victim Impact Statements and Restitutions forms
    • Prior comment on the potential reduction or dropping of any charge or changing of plea
    • Notice of disposition hearings on the defendant
    • Notification of bail
    • Notice of guilty plea and/or sentencing date on the defendant or final disposition
    • Crime Victims Compensation Form
    • Accompaniment to hearings
    • Notification of outcome of hearing, arraignment, sentencing
    • Assistance in contacting your creditors, hospital,or doctor regarding medical or counseling expenses
    • Assistance with contacting your employer or school due to scheduled court appearances
    • Notification of home pass or release from probation if the offender is ordered into placement or detention
    • Opportunity to voice your opinion and any concerns to the judge at a hearing that reviews the juvenile's progress
    • Notification when a juvejnile is released from probation services
    ClintonClinton County Office of the District AttorneyClinton County Government
    Clinton County Victim Service ProgramWorks with the District Attorney and the court system to assist crime victims. Services include:
    • Assistance with preparing Victim Impact Statements and Restitutions forms
    • Prior comment on the potential reduction or dropping of any charge or changing of plea
    • Notice of disposition hearings on the defendant
    • Notification of bail
    • Notice of guilty plea and/or sentencing date on the defendant or final disposition
    • Crime Victims Compensation Form
    • Accompaniment to hearings
    • Notification of outcome of hearing, arraignment, sentencing
    • Assistance in contacting your creditors, hospital,or doctor regarding medical or counseling expenses
    • Assistance with contacting your employer or school due to scheduled court appearances
    • Notification of home pass or release from probation if the offender is ordered into placement or detention
    • Opportunity to voice your opinion and any concerns to the judge at a hearing that reviews the juvenile's progress
    • Notification when a juvejnile is released from probation services
    ClintonClinton County Office of the District AttorneyClinton County Government
    Community Action - Domestic Violence Intervention and PreventionHelps domestic violence victims and their children remain safe by providing emergency shelter, 24- hour hotline, community and school educational programs, options counseling, legal advocacy, and group supportJeffersonCommunity ActionCommunity Action
    Crime Victim Center of Erie County - Victim ServicesAdult and Juvenile Court accompaniment, restitution assistance, crime victim compensation assistance, PA SAVIN (Pennsylvania Victim Notification Service), local and state parole and release notificationErieCrime Victim Center of Erie CountyCrime Victim Center of Erie County, Inc.
    Crime Victim SupportAccompaniment: A VWAP advocate accompanies you to any and all court proceedings, meetings and interviews with law enforcement, hospital visits, meetings with attorney's etc. Advocacy: VWAP is your voice in and throughout the entire criminal justice system advocating on behalf of you and your rights every step of the way. Case Status Update: VWAP updates you of every action that occurs in your case via written correspondence and phone contact. Courtroom Orientation: VWAP walks you through the courtroom experience with a training video, kid's court programs and one-on-one sessions with an advocate. Creditor / Employer / School Intercession: VWAP advocates on your behalf with creditors, employers, schools or whomever else when needed. Crisis Intervention: VWAP offers a 24-hour hotline for any and all clients in immediate need of assistance. Early Outreach: VWAP makes every attempt to contact you within 10 days of the crime that was committed against you providing we have the police report or information from the courts. Child Care & Transportation: VWAP assists with childcare and transportation needs during your time at court proceedings when you are unable to find alternative means. Information & Referral: VWAP provides you with all information regarding your rights, the criminal justice system and much more. We will make appropriate referrals when necessary. Separate Waiting Area: VWAP makes sure you have a separate place to sit while your waiting for your court proceeding. Supportive Counseling: VWAP advocates are not certified counselors however, we are trained to handle any and all crisis situations and able to help you with the trauma and grief you are experiencing. Victim Rights Notification: Upon your first encounter with VWAP, we inform you of your rights as a victim of a crime in Pennsylvania. Victim Witness Intimidation: If you are being intimidated because of your involuntary involvement in the criminal justice system, VWAP advocates on your behalf to ensure your safety. In addition, we have a Witness Relocation Program that ensures the safety of our clients. DauphinDauphin County Victim/Witness AssistanceDauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance
    Cumberland County DA's Office Victim Services DivisionInformation about the criminal justice system and the Victim Bill of Rights. Accompaniment to all criminal hearings. Referrals to area agencies. Notification of case status. Assistance with Victim Impact Statements, State Crime Compensation Claims, and restitution claims, Advocacy for victim rights. Registration for victim services at County and State prisons. Homicide support groups. Satellite office in Camp Hill (2120 Market St).CumberlandCumberland County Victim Services DivisionCumberland County Victim Services Division
    Cumberland County DA's Office Victim Services DivisionInformation about the criminal justice system and the Victim Bill of Rights. Accompaniment to all criminal hearings. Referrals to area agencies. Notification of case status. Assistance with Victim Impact Statements, State Crime Compensation Claims, and restitution claims, Advocacy for victim rights. Registration for victim services at County and State prisons. Homicide support groups. Satellite office in Camp Hill (2120 Market St).CumberlandCumberland County Victim Services- West Shore OfficeCumberland County Victim Services Division
    Family Service & Children's Aid Society - Main Office - PPC Violence Free NetworkServices Provided Include: - Emergency Temporary Shelter - 24-Hour Hotline 1-800-243-4944 - Crisis intervention, short-term Counseling - First Response Team and Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) - PFA Assistance - Accompaniment - Community Education Programs - School Prevention Education Programs - Legal and Medical Advocacy Also accept donations and volunteers.VenangoFamily Service & Children's Aid Society - Main OfficeFamily Service & Children's Aid Society
    Family Services Inc. Crime Victim ServicesVariety of programs that help victims of crimes and their families recover from the trauma of their experience.BlairFamily Services Inc. Victim ServicesFamily Services Incorporated
    Franklin County Victim/Witness OfficeVictims are provided with: * An Orientation to the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems * Accompaniment to Court Proceedings * Assistance with Filing a Crime Victims Compensation Claim * Assistance with Preparing a Victim Impact Statement * Notification of Case Status * Enrollment in the State and Local Correctional Release Notification Programs * Prior Comment on Possibility of Reducing or Dropping Charges * Community ReferralsFranklinFranklin County Victim/Witness OfficeFranklin County Victim/Witness Office
    Jefferson County Victim WitnessAssists victims and witnesses of crimes.JeffersonJefferson County Victim WitnessJefferson County Victim Witness
    Juniata County Crime Victim ServicesCrime/case notification to victims/witnesses. Accompaniment to criminal and juvenile proceedings. Case management for victims of crimes. Information/referral information and resources in the community. Crisis and supportive counseling for victims of crime. Victim impact statement development and assistance. Restitution information and assistance. Victims compensation assistance program information and assistance. Legal advocacy. Liasion with district attorney and law enforcement for criminal proceedings. Crime victim prevention presentations and training. Registration for notification of offenders release, escape, or transfer from prison.JuniataJuniata County Crime Victim ServicesJuniata County Crime Victim Services
    Legal Advocacy - Women In NeedProvides advocacy and accompaniment through the criminal and civil court system. In criminal court, WIN Legal Advocates assist victims as they go through different court proceedings, explaining court procedures and informing them about the progress of their case. The Legal Advocates can also assist victims through the criminal process by accompanying them to the Police Department and/or District Attorney's Office. In addition to criminal court accompaniment, Legal Advocates are also available to assist victims of abuse in completing a Protection from Abuse Order, or PFA. The advocates work through the PFA questionnaire with the victims, assist them in scheduling an appointment with the attorney to complete the PFA paperwork, and advocate for them through the civil proceeding in PFA court.FranklinWomen In Need - ChambersburgWomen In Need - Chambersburg
    MADD of Blair County Crime Victim SupportMutual support for families of victims of accidents caused by impaired drivers.BlairMADD of Blair CountyMADD of Blair County
    Northampton County District AttorneyTo prosecute all violations of Pennsylvania Criminal Law within the Northampton County's geographic boundaries.NorthamptonNorthampton County District AttorneyNorthampton County District Attorney
    Office of Victims' Services, Victims Compensation Assistance ProgramProvides financial assistance to victims of crime and their families who have suffered an out-of-pocket loss as a direct result of a crime. Compensation benefits could include: medical expenses, loss of earnings, stolen benefit cash, funeral expenses, loss of support (homicide cases only), crime-scene cleanup expenses, relocation expenses and counseling expenses. The Victims Compensation Assistance Program is regarded as the "payor of last resort", all other sources including medical, auto and homeowner/renter's insurance must be utilized before compensation can be considered. Eligibility requirements include but are not limited to: the crime must occur in Pennsylvania; the crime must be reported to the proper authorities within 72 hours (special exceptions for child victim); the victim must cooperate with law enforcement, the courts and the Program; the victim must not have been engaged in illegal activity that caused the crime and the minimum loss requirement of $100 (victims under age 60, victims age 60 and over there is no minimum loss requirement) in eligible benefits must be met and a claim must be filed no later than two years after the occurrence of the crime. Compensation claim forms are available at police departments, the county District Attorney's offices, the Victims Compensation Assistance Program or online at www.pacrimevictims.org.DauphinOffice of Victims' Services, Victims Compensation Assistance ProgramOffice of Victims' Services
    Passages, Inc.Provides counseling services to meet people's immediate physical and emotional needs. Beginning with a toll free 24-hour crisis hotline, staff and volunteers can help people make the journey from victim to survivor of sexual assault. Individual or group counseling, as well as medical accompaniment and legal advocacy are available to all victims or survivors and their family members or friends.ClarionPassages, Inc.Passages, Inc.
    Safe Home, YWCA Hanover•24 hour Confidential Hotline (717)632-0007 •Referrals made for Temporary or Emergency Safe Shelter
    Please, note: Safe Home is not a shelter in itself. •Legal Advocacy, including assistance with filing a Protection From Abuse Order •Coordination with other social service agencies that may provide assistance with health, finances, housing, drug/alcohol treatment, support groups, children's services, employment/training, food, furniture, clothing, and more •Referral and Support •Child Therapy •W.E.A.V.E. (Women's Empowerment Against Violent Environments), an Adult Support Group with Free Child Care during group •Community Education for all groups, includes Educational Speakers and/or age-appropriate Outreach Materials •Volunteer Opportunities (717)637-2125 x 241 •Accompaniment and/or Transportation to Appointments/Hearings, including civil and criminal hearings •Options Counseling and Crisis Response •Free childcare if it is needed during a court hearing or legal appointment •Needed items, including dead bolts, peep holes, and emergency cell phones •Servicios en español
    YorkYWCA HanoverYWCA Hanover
    The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County24 hour hotline, temporary emergency shelter for individuals fleeing abuse, transitional housing apartments with residency for up to two years, Protection From Abuse (PFA) screenings and accompaniment, individual and group counseling and workshops for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, 24-hour medical and legal advocacy and accompaniment. System and individual advocacy, assistance to victims of juvenile offenders, assistance to victims of other serious crimes with emphasis on the elderly. Community education including a speakers bureau for groups, churches, civic organizations and others, prevention education in all nine county schools, training for professionals.LawrenceThe Crisis Shelter of Lawrence CountyThe Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County
    Victim Outreach Intervention Center ( VOICe )Provides free and confidential services to individuals and families who are survivors of crime. Services include emergency shelter and crisis services, transitional and supportive housing, medical and legal advocacy, civil legal representation, counseling for adults and children, and an intervention program for batterers targeted at changing the beliefs and attitudes that perpetuate domestic violence.ButlerVictim Outreach Intervention Ctr. (VOICe)Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe)
    Victim's Assistance Center, A Program of YWCA York24-hour hotline 24-hour accompaniment to hospital Police interview accompaniment Legal advocacy Individual and group counseling Art therapy Crime prevention education programs Information & referral Homicide support group Homicide advocate rapid response team York county alliance against sexual violence Adult survivors of incest support group Suicide survivors support group Teens on the move (t.o.m.) teens doing education and prevention of sexual violence for teens Suicide survivors support group-call Lexi Livelsberger for location YorkVictim's Assistance Center, A Program of YWCA YorkYWCA York
    Victim ServicesVictim Services in Franklin County help to make the entire Juvenile Justice process more understandable and less stressful for the victims and witnesses of juvenile crime. To this end, the Victims’ Services Coordinator is the advocate and guide for victims and witnesses as their case makes its way through the Juvenile Justice System. Services Include: • Accompaniment to Court • Orientation to the Juvenile Justice System • Court Preparation • Advocacy • Notification of all phases of the case • Assistance with completing Victim’s Assistance Compensation Program (VCAP) Forms • Assistance with preparing a Victim Impact StatementFranklinFranklin County Juvenile ProbationFranklin County Judicial Services
    Victim Services Inc. Crime Victim SupportVarious assistance for crime victims and their families.CambriaVictim Services Inc. Direct ServicesVictim Services Inc.
    Women's Help Center, Inc. Domestic Violence InterventionDomestic violence intervention.CambriaWomen's Help Center, Inc.Women's Help Center, Inc.
    Your Safe Haven Inc. Crime Victim SupportHelps victims of crimes and their families recover from the trauma of their experience, get medical assistance when required, make their way through the legal system, etc.BedfordYour Safe HavenYour Safe Haven Inc.
    YWCA Northcentral PA - Wise OptionsYWCA's Wise Options is a safe haven for those dealing with domestic violence and abuse and sexual assault. They offer emergency shelter and transportation for women and their children, and a separate emergency shelter for men and their children. Trained staff and volunteers provide immediate support and information to help clients with crisis and offer follow-up assistance to cope with ongoing related issues. Wise Options is the contact for filing Protection From Abuse orders (PFA)s. Wise Options also offers hospital and court accompaniment. Individual and group counseling are provided for adults and children, as well as domestic violence support groups and community education.LycomingYWCA Northcentral PennsylvaniaYWCA

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