Resources for victims of violence in Philadelphia

- For residents affected by violence, the city of Philadelphia has gathered resources that aim to provide the necessary support.

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.

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, see here.

Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy (PCVA)

The PCVA provides information about direct services, advocacy and assistance to victims and witnesses of crime in Philadelphia.

Every Murder Is Real (EMIR)

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.

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