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​COVID-19 Guidance

For the health and safety of citizens and employees, OVA services are now being provided by a combination of office staff observing social distancing guidelines and staff members teleworking. OVA continues to provide services to crime victims during this time of crisis, including testimony opportunities.

The best way to reach our office is by email at However, our phone lines do remain open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm at 800.563.6399.

For the most up to date information on Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health.

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​Victims' Rights in the Time of COVID

​Notifications and Testimony

​E-Signature Guidance

​State Inmate Releases due to COVID

​County Inmate Release due to COVID

​Board of Pardons during COVID

​Reopening Courts and Victim Safety

Please keep in mind that county victim services remain operational during this time.

    • Shelter is still an option for domestic violence victims; many domestic violence shelters are utilizing hotels in order to adhere to CDC guidelines and keep all participants safe.
    • Protection from Abuse and Sexual Violence Protective Orders are still obtainable from your county courts as well. While processes and procedures may differ from county to county, you basic rights and services are still being afforded.

Especially during these unprecedented times, it is important to refer to the trained, accredited and monitored professionals. Please continue to access the below resources, which remain open and available to you.

PA ChildLine ​800.932.0313
​PA Coalition Against Rape 888.772.7227
​National Domestic Violence Hotline  800.799.7233
​National Human Trafficking Hotline  888.373.7888
​Suicide Prevention Lifeline ​800.273.8255
​PA Mental Health Text Line 741-741