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Victim Advocacy- Registration and Notifications

OVA is the state agency with the duty and authority to advocate for the individual and collective rights of all crime survivors. By registering you will be provided access to all services offered by OVA. 

Office of Victim Advocate


As a victim/survivor registered with OVA you may receive notifications of offender movements in and around state correctional facilities.  

Notifications can be customized to meet your needs and preferences that include:  

  • Mailing 
  • Email Alerts 
  • Phone Calls 


Types of notifications you are eligible to receive include: 

  • Parole eligibility 
  • Release programs 
  • Escape and subsequent recapture 
  • Transfers to a state mental health facility 
  • Death 
  • Participation in the inmate apology bank 
  • Applications for clemency (pardon or commutation).  


OVA notifications are different than the automated notifications you can register to receive from SAVIN. The SAVIN system notifies you if the offender is transferred between or released from correctional institutions. SAVIN will not contact you when the offender is eligible for parole review, or when a parole decision has been made. You can be registered to receive both types of notifications.  

OVA also partners with the PA State Police (PSP) to support the Sexual Offender Registration Notification Act (SORNA). SORNA requires all victims/survivors of Sexually Violent Predators (SVP) be notified regarding the status of the offender in the case.  

It is important that if you move, or update any of your contact information that you contact OVA so that we can ensure you receive timely notifications.  

Who Can Register

In Pennsylvania, crime victims have legal rights, including the right to be informed at various stages of the criminal justice process.  

How to Register

To register to with OVA, please fill out the registration form and return it to our office or call our toll-free number to speak with an advocate who can register you over the phone. 

To apply by mail, please fill out a registration form and return it to:

Office of Victim Advocate

1101 S. Front St, Suite 5200

Harrisburg, PA 17104

To apply by email, please fill out the registration form and email it to:


To apply by phone call:


Mon. - Fri. 8:30am - 4:30pm. 

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