The Victim Witness Office works in collaboration with the District Attorney's Office. The Victim Witness Advocates provide accompaniment to court to answer questions you may have, as well as keep you updated on how your case is progressing through the court system.
In addition, Victim Advocates can assist victims in seeking state compensation for injuries and loss of wages suffered as the result of victimization.
The Victims Compensation Assistance Program may be able to help by paying you back for money you had to pay or lost because of a crime. Compensation may be paid to you or others for medical expenses, counseling, lost work earnings, loss of support, funeral expenses, travel costs, childcare, stolen cash, relocation, the costs to clean up a crime scene and other expenses. In order to receive compensation, you have to:
- Be a victim of a crime that happened in Pennsylvania
- Report the crime to the police or file a Protection from Abuse Order within 3 days
- File a claim within 2 years after the crime occurred
- Have a loss of at least $100 due to the crime (unless you are over 60 years old - no minimum loss)
- Not be involved in illegal activity that caused the crime to happen
- Cooperate with the police, courts, and Victims Compensation Program
To obtain a claim form or for further questions, please call 717.267.1575 to talk to one of our Victim Advocates.