You Are Not Alone

The Disturbing Statistics

On average, 3 out of every 20 people in the United States will be a victim of crime in their lifetime according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program recorded over 7.2 million offenses in the U.S. in 2018 alone. If you or a loved  one were the victim of or witness to a crime, CAPSEA can help.  

We offer a variety of crime victim services, including support groups, trauma incident reduction counseling, and guidance involving legal matters like victim compensation. 




If you or a loved one were a Victim of or witness to a Violent crime, CAPSEA is equipped to help you navigate the aftermath of your experience. Our staff can assist you with everything from obtaining legal representation and case information, to coordinating therapy or support group participation.

Each person’s experience is unique, but the CAPSEA staff is here to listen and to help. We will identify which of our services may be beneficial for your individual situation. Below is a little more information on some of the services that we offer for crime victims or those who have witnessed a crime. 

Contact the CAPSEA staff at or 814-772-3838. We are here for you – every step of the way.

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Our Crime Victim Services

CAPSEA’s Victim/Witness Service Program protects your right as a victim or witness of a crime to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect during the course of criminal proceedings. Our Victim/Witness Coordinator will inform you of the criminal justice process in both the Adult and the Juvenile Justice System, provide emotional support through court proceedings, assist you in obtaining compensation for economic loss, and keep you notified of the status of your case, including the final disposition of the case. We would also connect you with community resources and social service agencies for additional help if needed.

PA SAVIN is a free and confidential service that helps victims, law enforcement, and community members track the status of an offender housed in county jail, state prison, or under state parole supervision within the Commonwealth. The program allows Pennsylvania residents to receive real-time information about an offender’s custody status, such as an inmate’s release, transfer, or escape. CAPSEA can help you register for the program and ensure you are receiving the automated notifications.

CAPSEA’s Empowerment Counseling program focuses on instilling a sense of inner strength and confidence to its participants. By adjusting our beliefs and attitudes towards ourselves and others, we can create change. CAPSEA also offers a wide variety of support groups to help you pave your road to recovery. Support group programs typically run for six weeks and are facilitated by trained professionals.

The Victims Compensation Assistance Program helps victims and their families through the emotional and physical aftermath of a crime by easing the financial impact placed upon them by the crime. You may be eligible to receive financial help for a variety of expenses such as:

  • Medical and counseling expenses
  • Loss of earning
  • Loss of support
  • Stolen cash
  • Relocation costs
  • Funeral costs

CAPSEA is here to help you determine if you are eligible for compensation, help you file a claim, and answer any questions you may have about the process.

TIR is a proven method for encouraging relief and healing. This type of counseling allows a person to desensitize painful experiences and reduce the negative impact of traumatic, overwhelming events. It involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations. It is often an effective means of recovery for those who were victims of abuse or sexual assault or witness to a crime. Click Here to Learn More.


24/7 Confidential CAPSEA Hotline

24/7 Hotline

CAPSEA's staff provides a 24-hour hotline, which serves as a central point of access for crisis counseling, safety planning, and referrals.

Housing and Shelter for victims

Crisis Shelter & Housing

Emergency shelter and temporary housing services for men, women, children, and families.

Services for Crime Victims

Crime Victim Services

CAPSEA’s staff helps victims of and witnesses to violent crimes with everything from obtaining legal representation, to coordinating counseling.

Abuse Victim Support System

Abuse Victim Services

CAPSEA’s staff helps victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse navigate the legal and medical processes that can result from experiencing trauma.

Individual Group Counseling and Support

Counseling & Support

CAPSEA’s trained professionals provide individual and group counseling sessions, helping people to move forward with their lives.

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Education & Training

CAPSEA's educators train professionals, students, survivors, and community members to identify and escape abusive situations.

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If you or someone you know needs help, call our 24-hour Hotline: 

Elk County Hotline: 814-772-1227

Cameron County Hotline: 814-486-0952