The Victim/Witness Services Unit lends critical support to both victims and witnesses who must testify or otherwise appear in court proceedings on behalf of the Commonwealth. Staff members assist with transportation issues, county child care, travel and all other matters related to courtroom appearances. In addition, important information is provided regarding victim’s rights, restitution orders, victim compensation fund, parole notification, victim impact statements and Megan’s Law registration issues. The Victim/Witness Services Unit can be reached by calling 610-278-3144. Additional details, including the steps in a criminal case, are contained within this printable brochure.
The District Attorney’s “Victim/Witness Lounge” opened in 2011 during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, following extensive renovations funded by state grants. The lounge provides a comfortable, secure and confidential space for witnesses and victims of all ages who come to the District Attorney’s Office for interviews or case preparation, or are subpoenaed to testify at trial. The lounge creates a soothing environment that calms and reassures victims in an otherwise highly stressful situation. Comfortable furniture, children’s games, age-appropriate books, magazines, a flat screen TV and DVD player with movies are available for all guests.