No. The services provided by a county victim services program and the district attorney’s office are free.
There are several ways you can get help in filing a compensation claim. Law enforcement may have already given you a brochure that contains a list of victim service programs. You may contact one of them for assistance. Or you can click on victim service program and locate a program in your county or you can contact the Victims Compensation Assistance Program directly toll-free at 800-233-2339 for assistance.
Law enforcement may have already given you a brochure that has basic information about the Rights for victims of crime and available services. Listed in that brochure are the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the victim service program in your county that you can contact for assistance. Or, if you return to the juvenile justice flow chart you will see an “R” listed beside each step in the juvenile justice system where you as a victim of crime have a specific right
You will need to provide a valid address and telephone number to the police or any agency responsible for providing information and notice to you. You will also need to provide timely notice of any changes to your address or telephone number
No. These specific rights are provided to people who were victims of crime in Pennsylvania. Each state provides rights to people who were victimized by crime. For assistance, you may want to call your local victim service program for help in locating a victim service program in the state in which you were a victim.
You may be able to provide receipts or estimates of value from stores or the Internet but you may want to talk to an advocate at your local victim service program.
The police will need to hold the property until all court actions are completed. The district attorney assigned to each case will decide when the property is no longer needed or if photographs are all that is needed. You may want to talk to an advocate at your local victim service program that can assist you with this.