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Victim Advocacy
Office of Victim Witness Advocacy

The Passaic County Prosecutor's Office of Victim/Witness Advocacy was established in 1982 to ensure that the rights of crime victims are upheld, and that crime victims and witnesses are treated with dignity and compassion by the criminal justice system.  NJ Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights

The principal goals of the Office of Victim Witness Advocacy are to provide information, advocacy, emotional support, and referrals to victims and witnesses coping with the trauma and burdens experienced in the aftermath of crime.   The office strives to minimize the inconvenience to victims and witnesses during the course of criminal prosecution.  These goals are achieved through the compassionate delivery of a wide range of direct services.

We work collaboratively with our colleagues in the Criminal Justice System and in other victim service agencies in an effort to provide victims with a comprehensive network of support and services.  The Unit Coordinator is a member of the Passaic County Multi-Disciplinary Team, and the Passaic County Domestic Violence Working Group. 

We also work to provide education and raise public awareness about victims’ rights, the impact of victimization, and available services.   Training is provided to law enforcement professionals, community groups, students and volunteer organizations.  Each year the unit sponsors a Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Crime to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and to acknowledge those in our community whose lives have been impacted by crime.  This event provides crime victims an opportunity to come together to share experiences, support one another, and to remember and honor loved ones lost as a result of violent crime.  The Candlelight Vigil is held every April.

The unit has a trained staff of victim-witness advocates and support personnel.  Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) staff members are available.  Student interns and/or volunteers occasionally provide part-time assistance.

Contact Information: 
Telephone:  973-881-4887
Fax:  973-754-1681

Services Offered by the Office of Victim Witness Advocacy

Please click on the links below to download these forms:

Crime Victim's Guide to the Criminal Justice System
NJ Crime Compensation
NJ Crime Compensation (Spanish)
Victim Impact Statement
Victim Impact Statement (Spanish)