NVS Provides The Following Free Services In Northwest Philadelphia:
- Crisis support to crime victims, their families, and significant others.
- Counseling Services to victims to support them along their path to wholeness and health.
- Information about criminal justice/ police procedures and the progress of a case.
- Advocacy for victims of crime with the district attorney's office, police, and probation departments.
- Referrals to help victims meet immediate emergency needs through other community agencies.
- Accompaniment to criminal justice hearings and trials.
- Assistance to eligible victims in completing and filing victims' compensation claims.
- Speakers on NVS services and crime prevention for community, church, and other groups.
- Guarantee prosecution or conviction in the criminal justice system.
- Guarantee approval of compensation claims.
- Provide legal representation or consultation.
You have the right to be told
- About basic services available to you in your county.
- Certain court events include information on bail, escape of the offender, and release of an offender.
- About 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 sentencing decisions.
- Into post-sentencing decisions.
You have the right to receive assistance with
- Filing a claim for victims' compensation.
- Submitting a restitution claim.
- Preparing a victim impact statement.
Victims Compensation Assistance Program
NVS advocates assist in the compensation process, including helping to determine eligibility and assisting with the application process. You can call NVS at 215-438-4410 to set up an appointment or approach an NVS advocate in Courtroom 803 on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.
VCAP Provides Compensation For
- Medical Expenses
- Loss of Wages
- Funeral Expenses
- Loss of Cash Benefits
- Relocation Expenses
- The crime must be reported to the proper authorities within 72 hours.
- In most cases, claims must be filed within two years from the date of the crime.
- VCAP is the payer of last resort, and the victim/claimant must utilize all other sources that could pay for expenses related to the crime before compensation can be considered.
- VCAP does not cover property loss, pain, or suffering from the crime.
- If your primary source of income comes from the following benefits: social security, pension/retirement, disability, or court-ordered child/spousal support, and money was stolen from you in a crime, you may be eligible for reimbursement of up to one month of that benefit.