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Victim/Witness Assistance Unit


​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 mission is to 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.  All victims will be afforded, consistent with the law, the ability to choose their level of participation.


Services provided:

  • Explanation of the Judicial System

  • Case Information and notification

  • Accompaniment to all court proceedings

  • Preparation for court testimony

  • Secure waiting room

  • Assistance with written and/or oral victim impact statements

  • Assistance with completion of restitution forms

  • Court tours for children 

  • Assistance with filing compensation claims

  • Enrollment in notification program

  • Referrals to community agencies

All services are provided free of charge 








Contact Information


Victim/Witness Assistance Unit

Services Center

633 Court Street

5th Floor

Reading, PA 19601


Phone: 610-478-6000

Fax: 610-478-6002




8 a.m. - 5 p.m.