Victim Witness Services

State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy

State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy

State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy (SOVWA)

New Jersey State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy (SOVWA)
If this is an emergency, please call 911. This office does not have emergency services.

The mission of the State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy is to:

  • Serve victims of state cases handled by the Division of Criminal Justice
  • Oversee the County Victim Witness Coordinators’ Offices
  • Operate the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Coordinating Council which has oversight of the 21 County Sexual Assault Response Team programs
  • Oversee the VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday)
  • Develop standards and trainings for serving victims

For cases handled by the Division of Criminal Justice or for general questions, please feel free to contact us at 1-866-326-7206

If you are a victim and your case is being prosecuted by the County Prosecutor, please contact your County Victim Witness office

 

About SOVWA

Established in 1986 within the Division of Criminal Justice, the State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy (SOVWA) has been providing assistance to victims and witnesses and their families across the State.
Through collaboration and coordination with the law enforcement community, public agencies, nonprofit service providing agencies, faith-based community programs, and others, a more victim-centered response is possible.
 
In addition to providing assistance to victims and witnesses and their families, the SOVWA has oversight of the 21 County Offices of Victim-Witness Advocacy within the county prosecutors’ offices. The SOVWA provides technical assistance and support, provides annual training in the areas of victim rights and services, and conducts program evaluations of the County Offices of Victim-Witness Advocacy.
 
The SOVWA is also responsible for administering several federal grant programs and the State Victim-Witness Advocacy Fund, which supports the operations of the SOVWA.
 
 
 

Mission Statement

The mission of the State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy is to support and expand victim-witness services across the State along with the law enforcement community. The goal of this program is to provide victims and witnesses with services that will help them cope with the aftermath of victimization and help make their participation in the system less difficult and burdensome. The state office works closely with the county offices and provides funding for many of their programs from federal and state funds.
 
 
For cases being handled by the Division of Criminal Justice, please feel free to contact us at 1-866-326-7206

Victim Information:

1) How to file a domestic violence restraining order; 2) resources for domestic violence victims; and 3) petitioning the court to dissolve the no contact order for defendants/juveniles released from custody due to public health emergency credits.

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