One person impacted by violence in our city is one too many.
For those Philadelphians who have lost someone to violence, we’ve gathered resources available to help support you and your loved ones.
Along with the Philadelphia Police Department and other local agencies, these organizations exist to ensure that, amid tragedy and incalculable loss, there is help — and hope — available.
Local Neighborhood Victims’ Groups
If you or someone you know has been the victim of violent crime, please reach out to your local neighborhood victim services program. Services provided to victims may include, but are not limited to, courtroom advocacy, financial assistance, counseling, and providing referrals for support.
- Center City Crime Victim Services, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320, 215-665-9680
- Northwest Victim Services, 6023 Germantown Avenue, 215-438-4410
- North Central Victim Services, 1538 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, 215-763-3280
- Northeast Victim Services, 8014 Castor Avenue, 215-332-3888
- Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia, 1426 S. 12th Street, 215-551-3360
- West/Southwest Victim Services, 5548 Chestnut Street Suite 2, 215-748-7780
- Philadelphia Police Department, 750 Race Street, 215-686-8477
Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence (NNRV)
A program under the City’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, the NNRV is a neighbor-driven network of Philadelphians who are called on to support communities after violent traumatic incidents. Network members, also known as Acute Trauma Responders, are trained in a community-based trauma intervention model, which taps into social connections to foster healthy coping. These supportive interventions are meant to decrease stress experienced after violence, to increase social cohesion, and to bolster individual and community functioning. Responders are trained in post-traumatic stress disorder management (PTSM).
For more information about NNRV, or to become an Acute Trauma Responder, visit the network’s website.
Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA)
The PCVA provides information about direct services, advocacy, and assistance to victims and witnesses of crime in Philadelphia.
EMIR Philly provides family and friends support services, assistance with victims’ compensation forms, education about navigating the criminal justice system, in-court support, and other advocacy and assistance.
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency
A state agency, PCCD ensures that victims of crime receive the assistance and support they deserve, including through the Victims Compensation Assistance Program.
Pennsylvania Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA)
The state’s OVA provides information, training, and other resources for victims of crime, including allowing victims to register for notifications and updates about parole or release of offenders as permitted by law.