Pennsylvania Victim Needs Assessment-Web Survey for Victims

The Victims’ Services Advisory Committee (VSAC) has identified an important goal: ensuring statewide access to core services for victims of criminal and juvenile offenders. To support this goal, a statewide needs assessment is being conducted this year to determine how best to provide victims with access to core services, and more broadly, how best to meet their needs. A research team at Penn State Harrisburg is conducting the Needs Assessment that will gather detailed information about the needs of crime victims and victim services via community-wide surveys, focus groups, and targeted personal interviews with key victim service organization members and leaders.

As part of Penn State University’s next tasks, the research team is administering a telephone and web survey in an effort to reach all victims, including those who may not have reported and/or sought assistance after being victimized. This is being done to ascertain their knowledge and utilization of victim services, barriers to services, service gaps and demographics of those served by victim service agencies.

The link to the web survey that victims of crime may complete is:

The voices of victims is critical to ensure that Pennsylvania is meeting their needs. Thank you for helping us gather critical information to evaluate the accessibility of core services for victims of crime