Philadelphia Criminal Law News

Resources for Philadelphia Crime Victims

Even if the perpetrator of a crime has been arrested or put to jail, it is often not enough for victims who may require financial assistance and other significant services. Pennsylvania provides several targeted resources for the victims of crime, as shown below:

The Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA)
c/o Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
3 South Penn Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA) is a membership coalition of organizations and individuals that provide direct services, advocacy, and assistance to victims, co-victims, and witnesses of crime in Philadelphia. To learn more about the services they offer, browse through their service directory.

PCVA also provides more links and victim resource agencies on their members page.

Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
100 North 17th Street - 4th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

WOAR provides comprehensive services to victim/survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse as well as to their significant others. Services include individual support group counseling, court/medial emergency room accompaniment, crisis intervention via 24 hour 7 days a week hotline (215.985.3330). Prevention education programs to schools, community and professional groups about sexual violence issues. WOAR serves adults and children.

Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia (V/WSSP)
1426 South 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

V/WSSP is an independent, non-profit agency that has been providing direct services to crime victims in South Philadelphia since 1989. It is a comprehensive community-based victim services program that provides support and information to victims and witnesses of crime in the four South Philadelphia Police Districts - 1st, 3rd, 4th & 17th. The Asian & Latino Outreach Projects provide culturally appropriate outreach and crime prevention information to the Asian and Latino communities in South Philadelphia and address the needs of the community members should they be victimized. The languages served are: Cantonese, English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

United States Attorney's Office
615 Chestnut Street, Suite 1250
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The United States Attorney's Office is committed to ensuring that the crime victims and witnesses are treated fairly; that their privacy is respected and that they are treated with respect and dignity. The Victim Witness Division of the United States Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania provide crisis intervention, court support, notification and assists victims with finding services to assist them in recovering from the crime.

Support Center for Child Advocates
1900 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Legal and social service advocacy for child victims of abuse and neglect; with the goal of securing a permanent nurturing environment for every child.