The Schuylkill County Victim/Witness Services Program was established by the Office of the District Attorney to assist victims and/or witnesses of crime. The problems and inconvenience experienced by victims of crime and
other Commonwealth witnesses have not received the attention they deserve in the Criminal Justice system. Simply being hard on criminals is not enough. We must also be helpful to victims and witnesses and attempt to assist them as a criminal case proceeds to final disposition. This program exemplifies our total commitment to be
an effective, efficient, and understanding law enforcement agency.
The Victim/Witness Office provides the following services to crime victims and witnesses:
Crime Victim's Rights:
1. The right to be treated with dignity and compassion during the course of criminal proceedings;
2. The right to protection from intimidation and harm;
3. The right to be informed concerning the Criminal Justice process and the progress of the case;
4. The right to compensation for most types of economic loss resulting from a crime; and
5. The right to recognition in criminal court proceedings, including the right to have the court know the impact a crime has had on the victim and on the victim’s family.
All crime victims have the opportunity to provide input at the appropriate stages of the criminal justice process. A Victim Impact Statement may be written or presented orally. This statement will allow you to describe the pain, anguish, and/or financial burden the crime has caused.
If you have been contacted by the District Attorney's Office in regards to Victim Services, but have misplaced or never received an Intro Packet, you may complete this form and mail it to the District Attorney's Office ATTN: Victim Services.
If you are a victim, witness, or parent of a victim or witness, you have the right to
receive assistance with your crime and court related questions by calling (570) 628-1363 or
It is the goal of the Schuylkill County Victim/Witness Assistance Program to provide services to all victims and witnesses of crime who request such, in accordance and compliance with the Pennsylvania Crime Victims "Bill of Rights," Act 111 of 1998 and the Standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Furthermore, it is our goal to treat all victims and witnesses with respect and dignity and to encourage and support their participation in the criminal justice system to the level and extent they choose however possible.