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Victim Services/Grief Resources

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.

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 (215) 686-8033.
http://avpphila.org/families-of-murder-victims/

 

Victim Services by Area of City

Victim Services by Area of City
Philadelphia Office of Victim Advocates- https://www.ova.pa.gov/County-Crime-Victims/Pages/Philadelphia.aspx
Center City – CCVS- www.ccvs.org or call 215.665.9680
East Division (North Philly) Crime Victim Advocates (Congreso)- www.congreso.net– 267-968-1813
North Central Victim Services- 215-763-3280
NorthEast Victim Services- www.nevs.org– 215.332.3888
NorthWest Victim Services- www.northwestvictimservices.org– 215-438-4410
South Philadelphia- www.vwssp.org– 215-551-3360
West/South West Philadelphia- AVP- www.avpphila.org– 215-567-6776

 

Cease Fire Philadelphia

Call Cease Fire to stop violence from happening 215-913-6917. Go to www.philaceasefire.com to learn more.

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 emirphilly.org/

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 https://drexel.edu/cnvsj/healing-hurt-people/overview 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 www.mothersincharge.org for info

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Great info for families who have experienced trauma or loss. www.nctsn.org/audiences/families-and-caregivers

Sesame Street Grieving Resources for kids

Great site to help families with grief. Click www.sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/grief for help.

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 www.finalfarewell.org

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.
www.cctckids.org

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. www.upliftphilly.org

 

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
610.687.5150
www.petersplaceonline.org

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. 2000 Hamilton Street, Suite 300 Call 215-567-6776 for info.
http://avpphila.org/counseling-center/


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