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Helpful Information


Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims. PCAR partners with a network of rape crisis programs to bring help, hope, and healing around issues of sexual violence to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PCAR provides information and referrals on sexual violence, substance abuse and sexual violence, sexual violence protection orders, elderly victims of sexual violence, sexual violence in the military, and many other areas

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) is an organization working to eliminate domestic violence while securing justice for victims and their families. PCADV partners with a network of domestic violence programs to form interconnecting links in a chain of services and support so victims can find safety, obtain justice, and build lives free of abuse. PCADV provides information and referrals on domestic violence, child custody, protection from abuse orders, elderly domestic violence, immigrant victims, and many other areas

Office of Victim Advocate

The Office of Victim Advocate (OVA)provides victims with post-sentencing services including notifying, assisting, and representing victims regarding their offenders under the jurisdiction of the PA Board of Probation and Parole (PBPP), and the PA Department of Corrections (DOC). By registering with the OVA, victims will have the opportunity to provide information and input to the decision-makers at the DOC and PBPP when the offender is being reviewed for certain types of releases. The OVA also operates the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) which provides victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking with an alternate mailing address to keep their actual home home address out of public records where their perpetrator may find their location.  ACP is designed to be a part of an overall safety plan for victims who are planning to move or have recently moved to a location unknown to the perpetrator. *ACP is not a witness protection program.

Pennsylvania Chapter of Children Advocacy Centers

The PA Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers & Multidisciplinary Teams (PennCAC) is an Accredited Chapter of National Children's Alliance and a membership organization dedicated to helping local Pennsylvania communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient - and put the needs of child victims first. PennCAC provides information on signs of child abuse, reporting child abuse, and how to find out more information of a CAC in your county. 

Pennsylvania's General Assembly has determined that public safety will be enhanced by making information about registered sex offenders available to the public through the Internet. Knowledge whether a person is a registered sex offender could be a huge factor in protecting yourself and your family members.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

MADD is an organization dedicated to providing emotional, legal, and financial support to victims as the result of drunk driving. In addition, PA MADD operates victim impact panels that gives victims/survivors an opportunity to educate DUI offenders on the lasting impact of drunk and drugged driving. To find out more about information and services available, contact your local MADD chapter. 

Megan's Law (sex offender) Registration

Pennsylvania's General Assembly has determined that public safety will be enhanced by making information about registered sex offenders available to the public through the Megan's Law website. Knowledge of whether a person is a registered sex offender could be a huge factor in protecting yourself and your family members. 

Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services (DHS) provides a notification service for victims regarding the transfer of their offender to a mental health care facility. An enrollment form and other important information are available through DHS.

Office of the Attorney General 

The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has established an elder abuse unit and a child predator unit. OAG also focuses on protecting people from fraud and identity theft.

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs

The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs provides timely access to information about quality drug, alcohol and gambling treatment services for you or a loved one. Please visit to locate a service provider near you. Treatment works.

Understanding Trauma, Grief, and Loss


Each person's reaction to trauma may differ. Oftentimes, when a person experiences a traumatic event, their sense of safety and well-being are so damaged that they cannot use their normal, daily coping skills. The normal coping skills we use in our day-to-day lives are not sufficient to deal with trauma. 

If you have experienced a traumatic event, feel emotionally distressed, and feel as if your life has changed, there is help for you. You may want to talk to a professional about the trauma, the anxiety, and emotional distress you may be experiencing. Talk to an advocate through your local Victim Service Program

Coping with Grief and Loss

When someone we love dies, often our own life stops. If we do not grieve, we may stay frozen in pain and sadness. The closer the relationship you had with the person who died, the deeper the grief. Grieving enables our lives to continue. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. You may experience many emotions, such as shock, anger, and guilt. 

Grief is the emotional feeling you suffer when something or someone you love is taken away from you. The death of a loved one often causes intense grief, but truly, any loss can cause grief. Grieving is personal for each individual. How you grieve depends on your personality, life experience, and your faith. The grieving process can take a long time. The timetable for grieving is different for everyone. 

Many people who are grieving try to get through one hour at a time, then one day at a time, and sometimes, one moment at a time. As you make it through the first few days or weeks, you may want to try some coping strategies, such as creating a memorial, planting a tree, random acts of kindness in memory of your loved one, or do something that can benefit others.