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Victim/Witness Assistance Unit

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

Victim Satisfaction Survey

Please click on the link below to learn more information about an important survey that can help provide assistance to victims of crime. The purpose of this survey is to improve victim services. 

National Crime Victims' Rights Week 

Upcoming Event

Our unit strives to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights and options, cope with the impact of crime, access victim compensation and other resources, develop a safety plan, and navigate the criminal justice system. 

We will be hosting our 2nd Annual 5K Color Run/Walk and Vendor Fair!

Be the Voice for Change

April 21, 2024 at 9:00 a.m.

Registration opens at 7:45 a.m.

Mohnton Playground 

Walnut St., Mohnton, PA 19540

Google Map: 202 E. Wyomissing Ave., Mohnton, PA 19540

To register or for more information go to www.pretzelcitysports.com

Information and Resources

Victim Bill of Rights
Victim Bill of Rights

The Berks County Victim/Witness Assistance Unit is dedicated to supporting victims of crime. We feel that it is extremely important for every victim to know their rights.

Financial Assistance
Financial Assistance

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.

Criminal Case Procedures
Criminal Case Procedures

This flow chart will display the process of a criminal court case. 

Criminal Witness Brief Guide
Criminal Witness Brief Guide

This may answer some questions you have about serving as a witness.

Defendant Release Notification
Defendant Release Notification

This service will allow crime victims to obtain timely information about the custody status of offenders in a county jail or state prison.

Address Confidentiality Program
Address Confidentiality Program

Learn how the Office of Victim Advocate can help you with an alternative mailing address to keep your actual home address out of public records.