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 programs 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 Programs in your county that you can contact for assistance. Or, if you return to the Adult criminal justice flow chart you will see an “R” listed beside each step in the criminal 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.
In personal injury crimes, a law enforcement agency, sheriff, deputy sheriff or constable shall notify you of the inmate's escape from the custody of a law enforcement agency, sheriff, deputy sheriff or constable.
Yes. The police will make a reasonable effort to provide you with notice of the arrest not more than 24 hours after the preliminary assignment.
The information you provide to the police shall not be disclosed to any person other than a law enforcement agency, corrections agency or prosecutor’s office without your prior written consent.