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Financial Assistance

RESTITUTION

 
As a victim of a crime, you are entitled to some form of compensation for your losses or damages as a direct result of a criminal act. Listed below are ways you may be able to recover your losses:
 
Once criminal charges are filed, you will be provided with a restitution form by the District Attorney's Office. At your request, a Victim/Witness Coordinator will be available to assist you in completing this form. To request assistance, call us at 610-478-6000 or e-mail us at VictimWitness@countyofberks.com.
 
Only expenses incured as a direct result of the crime are considered for restitution.
 
Expenses covered are:
 

- Medical bills

- Counseling fees

- Property damage

- Fair value of stolen items

 

Expenses NOT covered are:

 

- Lost wages

- Gas mileage for hearings

- Car rentals

- Money for "pain and suffering"

 

Restitution claims are processed as follows:

- Court decides and orders the restitution at the time of sentencing
 
- Enforcement of restitution payments is handled by the Adult Probation Office
 
 - Collection and distribution of monies is handled by the Clerk of Courts Office
 
- To monitor payments, log onto public docket sheet.
 
 Note: Indirect expenses may be pursued through civil litigation.
 
 
VICTIMS COMPENSATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (VCAP)
 
This program administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The VCAP covers any unreimbursed:
 
- Medical expenses
 
- Counseling fees
 
- Loss of earnings
 
- Loss of Support
 
- Stolen Cash Benefit
 
- Relocation Expenses
 
- Funeral expenses
 
-Crime Scene Clean-up
 
Eligibility:
 
To determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements, ask one of our Victim/Witness Coordinators, call VCAP directly at 1-800-233-2339 or click here.
 
To open a claim:
 
-File on-line
 
-Call a Victim/Witness Coordinator at (610) 478-6000.
Contact Information
 

Victim/Witness Assistance Unit

Services Center
633 Court Street
5th Floor
Reading, PA 19601
 
Phone: 610-478-6000
Fax: 610-478-6002
 
Hours
 
Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
   
Email
 
VictimWitness@
countyofberks.com