Victim/Witness Services
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Community Services

Services Empowering Rights of Victims Program (SERV)

SERV is a program which is run by the Center for Family Services, Inc (a nonprofit human services agency). SERV provides 24-hour emergency safe housing, counseling, support groups, outreach, advocacy and accompaniments for victims of violence.

SERV provides free counseling services to victims of violence, and also will provide an advocate to accompany victims and witnesses to court appearances.

SERV also runs an anonymous 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-866-295-SERV (7378). Victims of violence can call this hotline 24/7 and speak to a crisis counselor anonymously.

New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Board (VCCB)

The New Jersey VCCB may help ease the financial burden faced by crime victims. Services covered by the VCCB include: benefits for mental health counseling, medical bills, loss of earnings, funeral expenses (up to $5000), crime scene clean-up, relocation expenses, child care/day care services, victims’ rights attorney fees, domestic help, and other victim services related to crimes. For further information on filing procedure time requirement and benefit restrictions, please contact the VCCB by phone at 1-877-658-2221 or visit the VCCB website at:

www.njvictims.org