Victims & Witnesses


The Newark Police Department is committed to servicing the needs of victims and witnesses within the City of Newark. This page is designed to answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding these services.

Crime victims and/or their families often suffer many unfamiliar emotions as a direct result of the crime. Victims often experience unfamiliar emotions such as shock, anger, disbelief, frustration, or guilt.  These feelings are very normal, however, victims who are in a state of emotional crisis often are unable to work through these feelings on their own.  They might suffer both financial and physical burdens as well, but do not have the resources to seek help or know where to find it.  The Newark Police Department has a Victim Services Unit to help those affected by crime.  

Information and services offered include:
  • Trauma informed intervention for victims and witnesses
  • Short term crisis intervention
  • Criminal justice system information and case status updates
  • Information about Protection From Abuse Orders
  • Court Accompaniment
  • Follow-up contacts, calls, and letters
  • Referrals to other agencies and support groups
  • Assistance with filing for Crime Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program

For more information regarding Victim / Witness Services, please contact Victim Services Specialist Melissa Pennachi at (302) 366-7100 x 3137 or by email.