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Violence Reduction/Victim Resources

*** Resources for a Safer Philly ***

Please check out resources for those affected by violence in Philadelphia but also consider resources that help decrease violence such as After School and Mentoring Programs, Mental Health Resources, Out-of-School resources for those with a HS Degree, Employment resources, Teen Resources and those affected by Incarceration.

Dial 211, option 3, for Resources to Combat Violence

Dial 211, option #3 to be connected to a “resource navigator” that can help Philadelphians feel safer and help heal from violence.
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CARES Philadelphia

CARES Philadelphia stands for “Crisis Assistance, Response, and Engagement for Survivors.” It is a division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office that seeks to help families of homicide victims. Call (215) 686-8019 for help.

Up The Block Resources for those Affected by Gun Violence

Click here if you have been affected by gun violence or are looking for resources for violence prevention and healing


The PHILLY TRUCE APP puts Philadelphians with knowledge of potentially violent conflicts in direct contact 24/7 with trained mediators. 1-267-458-7823. Click here to download

Cease Fire Philadelphia

Call Cease Fire to stop violence from happening (215) 806-8493 or Go to to learn more. 1700 N.Broad Street

Anti-Violence Partnership (AVP)-Counseling Center

A the AVP Counseling Center, counseling is provided, free of charge, to adult and child co-victims of homicide and victims who have been traumatized by other forms of violence. AVP’s licensed counselors have specialized training and experience in assisting co-victims homicide and victims of crime. 4946 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia PACall 215-567-6776 or for info.

Youth Violence Reduction Partnership (YVRP)

YVRP is a hands-on, anti-violence collaboration in which Youth Workers are assigned to high-risk youth  to protect them from becoming perpetrators or victims of violence. AVRP addresses the needs of these youth.

Call 215-940-0550 NOW for more information or to refer a youth in need.

Intensive Prevention Services

Intensive Prevention Services is an early intervention program for children and adolescents ages 10­-17 years old who demonstrate high ­risk behaviors or at ­risk behaviors. This site ­based program provides after school programming, community service opportunities, mentoring, recreational activities, work preparation programs, social and emotional skills building, and family therapy.Address: 2700 N. 17th Street, Suite 200 Lehigh Pavilion Philadelphia, PA 19132
Phone number: 215­-940­-0550.

Families of Murder Victims (FMV)

Families of Murder Victims (FMV) is a victim advocacy and services program specifically for family members and friends of a homicide victim, regardless of the status of the case. The following services are provided, free of charge, to co-victims of violence:

  • Emotional & crisis support
  • Information on police and court proceedings
  • Court accompaniment at court proceedings
  • Assistance in obtaining protection orders
  • Referrals to other agencies for additional services such as emergency food, shelter, home repairs, etc.
  • Assistance in filing for Victim Compensation Assistance
  • Assistance in registering for Victim Notification
  • Support writing victim impact statements

If you are interested in receiving services through FMV, please call (267) 217-3754


Victim Services by Area of City

Victim Services by Area of City
Philadelphia Office of Victim Advocates-
Center City – Center City Crime Victim Services- call 215.665.9680
East Division (North Philly) Crime Victim Advocates (Congreso)-– 267-968-1813
North Central Victim Services- 215-763-3280
NorthEast Victim Services-– 215.332.3888
NorthWest Victim Services-– 215-438-4410
South Philadelphia-– 215-551-3360
West/South West Philadelphia- AVP-– 215-567-6776


National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Great info for families who have experienced trauma or loss.

EMIR (Every Murder is Real)

EMIR is a nonprofit organization that services and supports family members and friends who have been affected by homicide. (215) 848-4068 and

Healing Hurt People

Healing Hurt People at Drexel is a program for people ages 8 to 35 who have been shot, stabbed, or assaulted, and for those who have witnessed these events. The goal is to help survivors heal from their physical and emotional wounds in order to support their well-being and personal healing, and, ultimately, break the cycle of violence.
Call (215) 762-1177 or go to for info.

Mother’s in Charge

Mothers in Charge advocates for families affected by violence and provides counseling and grief support services for families when a loved one has been murdered. Call (215) 228-1718 or go to for info

Black Men Heal Gun Violence Therapy Group 12- 25 year olds

Gun Violence Group Therapy (GVGT) will address the mental health of youth and their family members as it relates to the impact of gun violence in Philadelphia by providing educational and clinical resources around grief and how to cope more effectively.

Sesame Street Grieving Resources for kids

Great site to help families with grief. Click for help.

FREE Gun Locks- Safe Bet Program

Click here to get a FREE gun lock and potentially, save a life.

Gun Buy Back Locations

Click here for dates and locations. No questions asked and get $ for gun and help our city be safe.

YEAH Philadelphia

Youth Empowerment For Advancement Hangout (YEAH) Is A Black-Led, Community-Based Nonprofit That Works With Teens And Young Adults In West And Southwest Philadelphia Ages 15 To 24 Who Have Been Impacted By Violence. With A Special Focus On Those Labeled As Having Violent Histories, YEAH Acknowledges Teens And Young Adults As The Experts Of Their Own Lives And Prioritizes Pushing Back Against Oppressive Systems And Addressing Structural Barriers That Often Lead To Violence. or call 267-892-3538 for info.

Network of Neighbors

The Network of Neighbors Trauma Response Network is composed of community members trained to support — and lead — responses to stress, trauma, loss, and violence within their own communities.  Call 267-233-4837 and visit
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Final Farewell

Final Farewell provides financial assistance, advice and guidance to grieving families from all religions and backgrounds so they may provide an affordable and decent funeral for their loved child. Call 215 870-8110 or go to

Uplift Center For Grieving Children

Uplift Center for Grieving Children provides free peer support groups to children ages 5-18 and their caregivers who have experienced the death of someone close to them.  Uplift helps children grieving a death heal and grow through their grief, while strengthening families, communities, and professionals’ understanding of how best to respond to their needs. Peer support groups are located in various locations across the city and within schools and community groups. The main location is 3300 Henry Ave, Suite 102,  Phone number 267-437-3123, or Call 1-833-PHL-HOPE (1-833-745-4673).
REE Support Group info as well here


Peter’s Place

Peter’s Place aims to provide a safe and supportive environment for grieving children and families and acts as a community resource to foster understanding of the effects of death and grief. Click here for great handouts on death/grieving. 336 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087

Children’s Crisis Treatment Center

Provides high quality mental health services to Philadelphia’s children and their families. Programs include: outpatient mental health services; post-traumatic assistance for children who have experienced a severe emotional trauma; family support; and WRAP around services- 1080 North Delaware Avenue, Suite 600- 215-496-0707, ask for intake. or email

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