How We Help
If you have lost a loved one to homicide or have been traumatized by violence we can help you rebuild your life. AVP offers a range of services and resources available for victims and their families. All of our services are provided free of charge to our clients.
If you are in an emergency situation, are suicidal or a risk to others, please dial 911 or call the suicide hotline at 215-686-4420.
Our Counseling Services
Some people find it helpful to talk about what happened and express their feelings in a non-judgmental setting. We have licensed counselors on staff who are specialized in assisting families, individuals and children that have been traumatized by violence. Get more information on our counseling services here .
Our Victim Services
Many victims will need assistance navigating the criminal justice system, even if an arrest has not been made. Our advocates are available to assist and support you throughout the trial. If you are a co-victim of homicide and need help working with the Police Department or District Attorney’s Office, or have a question about the status of your case, please call one of our advocates at (215) 686-8033. Read more about our trial advocates here .
There are a range of other resources available for victims of crime, including Crime Victims’ Compensation. Many victims have immediate needs such as food, shelter, or home repair. AVP’s West/Southwest Victim Services program can help victims of crime in that community. Read more on West/Southwest Victim Services here .
Through the Violence and Intervention Project (VIP), AVP counselors assist school staff to respond to the short and long-term mental health needs of students after violent incidents affecting the school or community. In addition, a significant component of the project is to provide participatory anti-violence training and counseling aimed at helping students identify and choose positive alternatives to their disputes. To read more, click here .