Counseling

Court Accompaniment

VCAP Application Assistance

Available Services
CDVS Provides

Home & Hospital Visits

Referrals to Other Victim Services

Referrals to Community-Based Organizations

Victims’ Rights

As a victim of crime you have rights as well as standards of service that you can expect to receive. These standards of service help to ensure that you are provided with information, practical and emotional support and are able to participate fully in the criminal justice system. They were created to make sure that you are treated with dignity and respect at all times, regardless of your gender, age, marital status, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or religion. Your rights should be provided to you by several different agencies, which includes a state or local law enforcement agency, the prosecutor’s office, local correctional facility, Department of Corrections, Board of Probation of Parole, the juvenile probation office, Victim Service agencies and/or the Department of Public Welfare.

You have the right to be told about…

  • Basic services available to you in your county
  • Certain court events, including information on bail, escape of the offender, the release of an offender
  • The details of the final disposition of a case

You have the right to receive…

  • Notice of the arrest of the offender
  • Information about restitution and assistance with compensation
  • Accompaniment to all criminal proceedings by a family member, a victim advocate or a support person

You have the right to provide input into...

  • The sentencing decision and to receive help in preparing an oral and/or written victim impact statement
  • Post-sentencing decisions

Victim's Compensation
Assistance Program (VCAP)

The Victims Compensation Assistance Program helps victims and their families through the emotional and physical aftermath of a crime by easing the financial impact placed upon them by the crime.

VCAP provides reimbursement for:

Medical Expenses
Loss of Support
Counseling
Stolen Cash Benefits
Loss of Earnings
Relocation Expenses
Funeral Expenses
Crime-Scene Cleanup

Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

Don Miguel Ruiz

Counseling Services

Neighborhood crime hurts all of us. Victims of crime often feel discouraged, fearful, and isolated. Reassuring support often helps people to recover more quickly from the trauma of a robbery, assault, burglary, or other crime.

Counseling services are provided to victims of crimes such as assault, robbery, and other such crimes which cause trauma. The clinical approach integrated in this practice would be narrative therapy which supports the healing process of those affected by violence.

Counseling offers ways in which to process such traumatic events. Individual counseling is available as well as group counseling services which is intended to remind each participant that they are not alone. All counseling services are FREE to victims and their families. If you have been a victim of a violent crime, please consider joining our peer support group. These sessions are facilitated by individuals who have also experienced the trauma associated with such violent crimes.

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Women's empowerment Program

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The purpose of CDVS Women on the Rise Program is to serve as a trusted outlet within the community for women to access dependable resources and services to assist in overcoming life’s challenges. We want to ensure that the women who take advantage of NCVS services is being provided with self-empowerment tools such as services and resources that will enable them to strengthen and establish goals, which will contribute to their life-long growth.

For More Information, you can visit www.ova.pa.gov