VICTIM/WITNESS ASSISTANCE UNIT

oUR mISSION

The Berks County District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Assistance Unit, through its Victim/Witness Coordinators, Assistant District Attorneys and Office Support Staff shall serve as advocates for the enforcement of fundamental rights of crime victims and promote the belief that all victims and witnesses deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect throughout the judicial process and that all victims will be afforded, consistent with the law, the ability to choose their level of participation.
 
 
SERVICES PROVIDED 
Service to victims is one of our top priorities.   The Victim/Witness Assistance Unit was established to assist victims and witnesses of crime and their immediate family members throughout the criminal justice process.  Our services are provided free of charge. Servicios en Espanol disponible.

  • Explanation of the Judicial System
  • Case information and notification
  • Accompaniment to all Court proceedings
  • Preparation for Court testimony
  • Secure Victim / Witness waiting room
  • Assistance with written and oral victim impact statements and restitution forms
  • Assistance with harassment / intimidation
  • Court tours for children
  • Assistance in filing claims with the Victim's Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP)
  • Enrollment in the Release Notification Program and Victim Notification Program
  • Referrals to community agencies  

Our Contact Information

  • Call us at (610) 478-6000 and ask to speak to a Victim/Witness Coordinator.
  • Send mail to Victim/Witness Assistance Unit, 633 Court Street, 5th Floor, Reading, PA 19601
  • Fax important documents to (610) 478-6002

​Resource Links

PA SAVIN Victim Notification Service

​ Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP)
Berks County Victims Website
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 ​Pennsylvania Crime Victims Website 

Additional Support Services and Hotlines
​Hotlines: 
​(610) 372-9540
​(610) 372-7463​

Spanish

Childrens Alliance Center

​(610) 898-0535 

Service Access Management

(610) 236-0530

Protection From Abuse Office
(610) 478-6208

Ext. 5701/5702