Courtroom Advocacy

The court advocate staffs courtroom 903 in the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) on Mondays and Thursdays. While in courtroom 903, our advocate acts as a liaison with the Assistant District Attorneys and helps explain the court proceedings to the victim. 

Advocates are also available to accompany the victim or witness through the Criminal Justice System. They are available to attend trials with the victim or witness and answer questions about court and police procedures.

Advocates provide additional support to victims by tracking their case, helping with protection orders and restitution forms, and assisting with attendance letters to employers and/or schools. Contacting the right personnel in the DA’s office, Police Department, and Probation and Parole offices is included when aiding victims or witnesses.

Specialized Assistance

LGBTQ Victim Advocate

Bilingual Victim Advocate (Mandarin)

Victim Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP)

The Pennsylvania Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund provides compensation for a variety of expenses that victims of crime may accrue, including, but not limited to, the following (each as they relate to the crime):

  • Medical Expenses

  • Loss of Wages

  • Funeral Expenses

  • Loss of Cash (Benefactors of Social Security or Disability)


The crime must be reported to the proper authorities within 72 hours.  There is a two-year time limit from the date of the incident in which to apply for compensation under most circumstances. 


Our advocates would be happy to walk you through the process.  We can help you determine whether you might be eligible and complete the application process from beginning to end with you.


  • CCCVS cannot guarantee conviction in the Criminal Justice System

  • CCCVS cannot guarantee approval of VCAP claims

  • CCCVS advocates do not provide legal representation or consultation to clients

  • Cases for domestic violence, sexual assault, homicide, and victims of juvenile offenders will be taken on a case-by-case basis, but will often be referred to specialized agencies

© 2016 by Center City Crime Victim Services.

Images courtesy of Kyle Laskowski and Jessica Tomchick.

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