Victim & Witness Assistance Services
The Burlington Township Police Department (BTPD) is committed to providing for the protection of the rights of victims and witnesses as well as providing access to additional programs and protections through other local and state victim/witness assistance programs. BTPD works together with other agencies to protect victims and witnesses, such as Burlington County Central Communications, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, the Burlington County Victim/Witness Unit, and the New Jersey State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy.
BTPD provides victim/witness assistance information 24 hours a day upon request. Please call the non-emergency line (609) 386-2019 where a Public Services Officer will assist you. See below for a list of agencies that provide assistance to victims and witnesses.
NJ State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy
- Provides 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. This state office works closely with the county offices and provides funding for many of their programs from federal and state funds.
NJ Victims of Crime Compensation Office (VCCO)
- Details the Victim's Bill of Rights. Victims of certain crimes may apply online for benefits which may include compensation.
NJ VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday)
- Provides crime victims peace-of-mind by knowing where their offenders are. This important information is only a phone call away at: 1-877-VINE-4-NJ
Supporting Victims of Sexual Assault
- NJ Attorney General Standards for Providing Services to Victims of Sexual Assault
Domestic Violence Services
- Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic abuse and their children. They seek to end the cycle of domestic abuse through education, empowerment and advocacy while providing a safe haven from abuse. Burlington County residents may call their 24-Hour Hotline at 1-877-871-7551 or 1-609-871-7551.
- Through their confidential and FREE services, they help victims to:
- Separate from abusive individuals
- Change living arrangements
- Filing restraining orders
- Establish boundaries
- Becoming aware of their options
CONTACT of Burlington County
- Provides assistance in the following program areas:
- Crisis Helpline (856-234-8888): Immediate access to telephone support and crisis intervention to anyone in need of guidance, comfort or emergency help. Approximately 25,000 calls are received each year on our helplines. Callers come from all walks of life and economic backgrounds, but all are in need of assistance.
- Sexual Assault Services (856-600-4800): 24/7 Services to victims of sexual assault by specially trained confidential advocates who offer telephone support and accompaniments at hospitals, police stations and court. Specialized counseling available for victims and their significant others. Outreach Education staff provide presentations throughout the community on victim services and primary prevention of sexual violence.
- Information and Referral (856-234-8888): Immediate access to community resources serving Burlington County. CONTACT maintains a comprehensive database of organizations that serve Burlington County. CONTACT participates with other providers to address the needs of our community.
- PetFriends (856-234-4688): A statewide grief support helpline offering information and referrals to people mourning or anticipating the loss of a pet through death or any other kind of separation.