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December 11, 2017
Crime Victims App Awarded PA Excellence in Technology Award
 

Harrisburg, PA.The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) was recently awarded a PA Excellence in Technology Award at the PA Digital Government Summit for a new mobile application designed to assist victims of crime in Pennsylvania.

Launched in March 2017, the mobile application allows victims of crime to search for local victim service providers and services within their area or region. Victims of crime are also able to access local advocates who can assist them in obtaining legal and medical services, compensation assistance and to access information regarding their rights and protections as a victim of crime. 

In October 2017, the app was expanded to allow victims and their families to file victims compensation claims directly.  Victims compensation assists victims through the emotional and physical aftermath of a crime by easing the financial impact placed upon them. Victims of crime may be eligible to receive financial help for a variety of expenses related to their victimization such as medical and counseling expenses, loss of earnings, funeral expenses, crime scene cleanup, and other crime related expenses.

The app was created, in part, through a collaborative effort by the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME).  Students from Harrisburg Area Community College were initially involved in the design and build of the original app, which was then further enhanced and deployed by PCCD.  The direct filing feature was created by PCCD.

The PCCD system development team of Jeremy Martin, Dan Oneufer and Abhishek Kumar accepted the award on behalf of PCCD at the Summit’s recognition ceremony at the Harrisburg Hilton on December 7, 2017.

The mobile application is available for both iPhone and Android users through the App Store and Google Play Store under the name “PA Crime Victims.”  It can also be downloaded off of PCCD’s website.

Our Mission is to enhance the quality, coordination and planning within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities.

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