The Victim/Witness Assistance Project of Beaver County exists to provide all crime victims and witnesses the services afforded them by the Pennsylvania Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights, while allowing each to maintain integrity, confidentiality and dignity.
The Beaver County Victim/Witness Assistance Project is a sub-division of the Beaver County District Attorney’s Office. The Victim/Witness Office employs a full-time Director, Assistant Director, Counselor/Advocate, and Juvenile Advocate. These positions are 100% grant funded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
The job of the Victim/Witness Office is to ensure that victims and witnesses of crime know of the rights and services afforded them by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and to ensure that they receive them. Victim Advocates accompany, support, and explain. They prepare victims and witnesses for whatever follows violence; from immediate needs to the final stages of the Criminal Justice System. A crime victim’s experience with the Criminal Justice System is a difficult one. We strive to guide victims through these experiences with the compassion and dignity that they deserve. Advocates work with all victims of crime, from bad check cases to homicide.
The Victim/Witness Office strives to make a crime victim feel whole again whether it be physically, emotionally, or financially. The Victim/Witness Office will make any necessary referrals to support groups, counselors, or other agencies for assistance.
The Victim/Witness Assistance Project also offers the opportunity to be enrolled in state and county offender release notification programs when a defendant is incarcerated. These programs ensure that a victim is notified when an offender is released, transferred, or escapes from county jail or state prison.
To enroll for a County Inmate click here: www.vinelink.com
To Check the Status of a State Inmate click here: www.cor.state.pa.us
The Victim/Witness Assistance Project also submits claims to the Victim Compensation Assistance Program to help recoup losses suffered by victims of crime.
Victims may be eligible for the following expenses:
Medical Expenses refers to treatment, including hospital fees, dental fees and other expenses related to the injury, including physical therapy, ambulance, medications, and medical equipment and supplies.
Home Healthcare could consist of at-home nursing care provided by an outside agency or individual when a victim has injuries directly related to the crime.
Counseling that is necessary as a direct result of the crime. Victims, witnesses, family members, and others may be eligible. Contact CVVC for more information and an assessment of your eligibility.
Loss of Earnings may be considered for a victim who is unable to work due to physical disability or emotional distress related to the crime.
Loss of Support payments may be made for financial dependents of a deceased victim.
Funeral Expenses are considered for any person who assumes the obligation, or who pays the funeral or burial expenses brought about as a direct result of the crime.
Crime Scene Cleanup refers to the reasonable and necessary costs of cleaning the crime scene of a private residence. A private residence includes an apartment, condominium, mobile home or other personal living space.
Relocation Expenses include the temporary or permanent relocation of the direct victim and the individuals residing in his/her household for the immediate protection of their safety and/or health.
Stolen Benefit Cash refers to cash stolen or defrauded from victims whose primary source of income includes Social Security, retirement/pension, disability, or court-ordered child/spousal support.
Replacement of Medical Devices includes expenses for the replacement of prosthetic devices, eyeglasses or other corrective lenses, hearing aids, canes, walkers, and dental devices either stolen or damaged as a result of the crime.
Transportation Expenses can be considered for several situations including, but not limited to, transportation to medical and counseling appointments. Transportation expenses to court are not eligible.
Child Care expenses can be considered for attendance at mandatory court appearances, medical or counseling appointments, or relocation.
Replacement Service expenses can be considered for services provided by someone who replaces services that the victim normally provided him/herself. Replacement services include normal daily household chores, such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, lawn care services, transportation, childcare, etc.
Expenses NOT Covered:
The Victims Compensation Assistance Program is regarded as "the payer of last resort". Other sources must be utilized and exhausted before payment can be considered. Also, if you are awarded Victims Compensation and later receive restitution or a civil award, the Victims Compensation Assistance Program must be reimbursed.
County Offender Release Notification: www.vinelink.com
PA Department of Corrections (Inmate Locator) www.cor.state.pa.us
Women’s Center of Beaver County: www.womenscenterbc.org
PA Megans Law Website: www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us
PA Crime Victim’s Website: www.pacrimevictims.com
PA Coalition Against Rape: www.pcar.org
Stephen Jurich, Director
Vicki Fisher, Assistant Director
Kathy Alwin, Victim Advocate