Victim/Witness Services

​The District Attorney’s Office employs a full-time Victim/Witness Advocate, who is the main point of contact for any questions or concerns a victim or witness of a crime may have. The Victim/Witness Advocate can provide information on upcoming court dates, explain what victims and witnesses can expect throughout the criminal process, and assist individuals in obtaining available services.

Victim/Witness Advocate: Denise Drake

(610) 829-6645

Assistant Victim/Witness Advocate: Kathleen Dronebarger

(610) 829-6655

Homicide Support Group


In Pennsylvania, victims have numerous rights throughout the criminal process. For example, victims have the right to be informed about court events, to receive assistance obtaining services and compensation, to be accompanied to court proceedings, and to offer input on sentencing and parole decisions.

Victim Bill of Rights

Click here for more information

Additional Resources

Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA)

OVA provides crime victims with victim-centered services throughout the post-sentencing process. Victims can register with OVA to get notification and provide input when offenders are being considered for release back into the community.

1101 South Front Street

Suite 5200

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17104


Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley (CVC)

CVC is a non-profit organization that provides support and services to crime victims and their families. All programs offered by CVC, which include counseling, protective services, advocacy, and referrals, are free and confidential.

24 Hour Hotline: (610) 437-6611

(610) 437-6610

Victims Compensation Assistance Program

This organization provides compensation to eligible crime victims for expenses such as out-of-pocket medical costs, counseling, lost wages, and funeral costs.



Pennsylvania Statewide Automatic Victim Information and Notification Service (PA SAVIN)

PA SAVIN is a free service that provides up-to-date information concerning the custody status of inmates. Victims and community members can track the custody status of incarcerated offenders and register for notifications by phone, email, and/or text message when that status changes.


Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley

Turning Point provides a safe place for domestic violence victims and their children. Services include an emergency safe house, counseling, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, and educational programs.

24 Hour Hotline: (610) 437-3369

(610) 797-0530 (Allentown)

(610) 868-5454 (Bethlehem)  

Area Agency on Aging

The Agency provides services and programs for Northampton County residents over the age of 60. The Agency also provides protective services for victims of elder abuse and neglect.

2801 Emrick Boulevard

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18021

24 Hour Hotline (610) 252-9060

(610) 829-4540


Comprehensive source of locally curated social services. Connects individuals with needed services, including crisis, food, health, housing, and employment services. Accessible in 180 languages, completely confidential, and available 24/7/365.

Phone: 211