Beaver County Victim Service
The advocacy program is managed under the authority of the Beaver County Attorney’s Office and is funded through a Victims of Crime Act grant. Beaver County Victim Services program was implemented to provide assistance to victims of crime to obtain aid, including counseling and possible reparation.
Roles & Training
Victim advocates are professionals trained to support victims of crime. Advocates’ responsibilities vary depending on their job description and where they work Typically, the role of an advocate may include:
- Find shelter and transportation
- Submit comments to courts and parole boards
- Safety planning
- Court accompaniment
- Assist with protective order forms
- Assist with stalking injunctions
- Assist with crime victim compensation applications
- Intervening with creditors, landlords, and employers
- Notifying victims of inmates’ release or escape
- Provide emotional support and crisis intervention to victims
- Provide information on the criminal justice process
- Provide information on victimization
- Provide information on victims’ legal rights and protections
- Provide referrals for other services for victims; Helping to arrange funerals
How Advocates Work with Victims
Advocates offer victims information about the different options available to them and support victims’ decision-making. Advocates do not tell victims what to do. Advocates are committed to maintaining the highest possible levels of confidentiality in their communications with victims.
Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights
- You have a right to know what to do if you’re threatened. It’s a crime for anyone to threaten a witness or to hurt a witness or retaliate against a witness because of testimony.
- You have a right to know just what your role is in the justice system.
- You have a right to be in a safe place when you’re waiting for court.
- You may have a right to receive restitution for medical expenses and other losses resulting from a crime.
- You have a right to property that’s been taken as evidence when it’s no longer needed as evidence.
- You have a right to receive assistance when serving as a witness causes problems on your job.
- You have a right to have your case completed as quickly as possible.
- You have a right to receive timely notice of dates you must be in court. If a case is canceled or postponed, you have a right to be informed as soon as possible.
- Children are entitled to rights in addition to the ones listed above.