In Pennsylvania, crime victims have rights. In order to receive the range of rights available to you, you should register with the Office of Victim Advocate. Registration is confidential.
Primarily, your rights include the option to receive various notifications about the status of the offender and the option to provide input to the PA Parole Board if/when the offender becomes parole eligible.
OVA has additional supportive programs available to registered crime victims/survivors, including the Address Confidentiality Program, as well as a variety of restorative justice services.
Registration with OVA is voluntary and confidential. To register, please complete this form and return it to OVA. (Also available in Spanish.) If you have questions or need assistance, please contact OVA at 800.563.6399 or email RA-OVAinfo@pa.gov.
After registering, victims/survivors will receive additional information in the mail, and will begin receiving notifications regarding the offender(s) in their case. It is important that victims remain in contact with the district attorney's office for information on upcoming appeals or changes in status from the county court systems.
Learn more about notifications from OVA.