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Victim Witness Services2018-09-27T21:40:10+00:00

Project Description

Victim Witness Services

Services include advocacy support for victims of crime in Philadelphia’s East Division, comprised of the 24th, 25th and 26th police districts. Concilio’s Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) Victim Witness Advocates work in collaboration with the District Attorney’s Office by providing services to victims and witnesses in the Preliminary Hearing rooms in the Criminal Justice Center for East Division Crime victim cases.  Services are also offered on-site at Concilio’s main headquarters at 141 E. Hunting Park Avenue and include, but are not limited to: informing victims and witnesses about the criminal justice process, reporting any victim-witness intimidation and/or retaliation, and providing supporting victims with support needs throughout the process. Victim advocates will also work to provide information on victim legal rights and protections. Integral to the Victim Advocates work at Concilio is listening to the victim, witness or family-in-need, in a sensitive, trauma-informed and confidential way.

Through services provided, victims receive information about the different options available to them as well as support from committed staff who are sensitive, trauma-informed and committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of confidentiality in their communications with victims. The Victim Witness Services Program is open for referrals and walk-ins are welcome.  Our services include:

  • Emergency Relocation Services
  • Emergency Funds
  • Support Groups
  • Victim Awareness Education

Please contact our main number for more information about referrals, services, and support at: 215-627-3100

Concilio collaborates with Philadelphia’s East Division Police departments and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office to share resources and knowledge and serve in the best way possible. Victim advocates work with both partners doing community outreach and presentations to educate community members on our services and to listen and learn what issues are affecting the community most.

Stats – Served over 750 community members served in Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 combined. During the same time period, Concilio’s Victim Witness Program completed 47 VCAP applications, recuperating a total of $46,518.11

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I just wanted to say that your representative Zuleika Vazquez was very helpful and attentive. I was not familiar with the whole court process and the victims’ program. She walked me through everything. She even noted that I may feel like I didn’t need assistance now, but I might feel the adverse effects later and it wouldn’t hurt to talk to someone. She even gave me encouragement after I testified.

Alex Salvat • COMMUNITY MEMBER

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For more information about the East Division Victim Witness Program, please call Lee Vetta Smith at 215-627-3100 ext 218

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