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PA & NJ Crime Victim Injury Resources

Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services

The Pennsylvania Office of Victim Services is an office of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.  The website provides PA crime victims, including those sexually abused, with information about their rights and about the criminal and juvenile justice systems.  The site also provides information about how victims can get help through counseling and services.  Click here to visit the PA Office of Victim Services.

Pennsylvania’s Victims Compensation Assistance Program

The Victims Compensation Assistance Program helps victims and their families through the aftermath of a crime and provides financial compensation.  Victims may be reimbursed for the following:

  • medical expenses
  • counseling
  • loss of earnings
  • loss of support
  • funeral costs
  • travel costs
  • childcare
  • stolen cash
  • relocation
  • crime scene cleanup
  • other costs

Click here for more information about the Victims Compensation Assistance Program or call 800-233-2339.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR)

PCAR was founded in 1975, and it offers services and resources for sex abuse victims, their loved ones and their families.  PCAR also works to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims.  PCAR partners with rape crisis programs throughout Pennsylvania to bring help, hope and healing around issues of sexual violence.

Website: www.pcar.org
Phone: 888-772-7227

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP)

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) offers help for victims of priest sex abuse. SNAP’s website provides resources and information for those sexually abused by the clergy.  SNAP has support groups throughout the country, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Pennsylvania New Jersey
Philadelphia
Contact: Karen Polesir
Phone: 267-992-9463
Email: karenpolesir@yahoo.com
New Jersey Regional Office
Contact: Mark Crawford, Director NJ
Phone: 732-632-7687
Email: mecrawf@comcast.net
Pittsburgh
Contact: Frances Unglo – Samber
Phone: 717-514-9660
Email:  samber13431@comcast.net
Central Jersey
Contact: Mark Crawford
Phone: 732-632-7687
Email: mecrawf@comcast.net
Allentown
Contact: Juliann Bortz
Phone: 610-217-3118
Email: juliannbortz@yahoo.com
South Jersey
Contact: Barbara Polesir, Director
Phone: 609-636-0226
Email: barbarapolesir@comcast.net
Central Pennsylvania
Contact: Barbara Dorris
Phone: 314-503-0003
Email: bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org

For other SNAP support groups throughout the country, visit www.snapnetwork.org or call 800-762-7432.

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is the statewide advocacy and capacity building organization that represents the rape crisis centers in 21 NJ counties and the Rutgers University Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. NJCASA advocates for survivors, and its mission is to promote the compassionate and just treatment of survivors and their families. Each county in New Jersey has at least one agency dedicated to helping victims of crime.

Website: www.njcasa.org
Phone: 800-601-7200

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