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Resources in Your County
In each of Pennsylvania's 67 counties, there are advocates to assist crime victims/survivors with local resources best suited for their individual needs. Find county services here.
Creating Resiliency: Understanding Trauma for Crime Survivors Support Group
OVA is now offering a 6 week support group for crime survivors. Goals of the group are (1) to understanding trauma and its impacts on our lives, (2) to understand positive coping mechanisms and techniques, (3) to promote healing and resiliency. Interested survivors should complete this form and return to Lisa Ryan at email@example.com.
Homicide Grief Support Groups
Homicide Grief Support Groups are now being offered in partnership with NAMI Philadelphia. These free, virtual sessions take place Thursday's at 7:00pm are open to all Pennsylvania homicide survivors now over the age of 18. To register, email Amy Federer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gun Violence Resources
In October 2021, OVA held a virtual roundtable event. Below are the resources shared by presenters during that event.
The Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) is available to travel to your county or provide online training to discuss victims' post-sentencing rights, various OVA services, technical expertise, and more. To schedule a training, please email OVA at RA-OVAinfo@pa.gov or call 800.563.6399.
Check out OVA's guide for survivors who are working with the media.
Read more about trauma and self-care.