Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy

Victim Services

Two Bergen County Plaza
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Telephone (201) 646-2057
Fax (201) 646-2264

As a crime victim or a witness of a crime, you have certain rights in the criminal justice system. There are services available to you so that your participation in the criminal justice system will be less stressful and more informed. This is accomplished through the County Offices of Victim-Witness Advocacy. In each of the 21 county prosecutors' offices, there is a County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy. The Bergen County Victim-Witness Office is located in the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack, New Jersey.

This office is staffed with trained professionals who will assist and accompany you through prosecution to the final outcome of your case. The staff in the Victim-Witness Office will assist you in obtaining other needed social services such as counseling, crime compensation, and shelter service for women and their children in domestic violence situations.

The Bergen County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy has provided services to thousands of crime victims and witnesses throughout the county. As trained crime victim advocates, we understand the physical as well as the emotional pain an individual can experience as a victim of crime. We are here to support you and ensure your rights as a crime victim are being respected.

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Extreme Risk Protection Order

The “Extreme Risk Protective Order” Act of 2018 established a civil procedure whereby a petitioner can obtain an Extreme Risk Protective Order (“ERPO”) against a person (“respondent”) who is an “immediate and present” danger to her/himself or others and who owns, possesses, receives, purchases, or has custody or control of a firearm.

A petitioner is defined as: a family or household member of the respondent, including a current or former spouse, present or former household member, current or former dating partner, or an individual who has or will have a child in common, or a law enforcement officer acting in his/her official capacity.

An ERPO prohibits the respondent from possessing firearms and ammunition, and orders the surrender of firearms, ammunition, and any Firearms Purchaser Identification Card and firearm permits by the respondent.

An individual seeking an ERPO should contact their local police department.

Additional information about ERPOs is provided in the video linked below.

Watch ERPO Video

Local Bergen County Resources for Victims of Crime

Bergen County Department of Health Services

HIV Testing and Counseling Center
120 South River Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 336-3350

Bergen County Board of Social Services

218 Route 17 North
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
(201) 368-4200

The Audrey Hepburn Children's House

12 2nd St.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(551) 996-2271

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

190 Moore Street, Suite 100
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 487-2166

Women's Rights Information Center

108 West Palisade Ave Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 568-1166

Care Plus NJ, Inc.

610 Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 265-8200

Bergen's Promise

3 University Plaza Dr.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 712-1170

Bergen County Courts