The Heartbeat for Victims
In 1981, the Community Safety Program of Northwest Interfaith Movement began as the first community based victim service program in Philadelphia. The Community Safety Program became an independent nonprofit organization incorporated under the name of Northwest Victim Services (NVS) in 1986. Six additional community based victim service agencies in Philadelphia have modeled their organizations after NVS and all of these programs have relied on NVS for technical assistance and expertise. During its first year as an independent agency, NVS provided service to 800 crime victims in the14th police district. The number of victims served, as well as the type of services provided, has grown over the last 30 years. During 2015/ 2016, NVS provided services to over 2,000 crime victims in the 5th,14th, 35th and 39th police districts. Services provided include crisis/ supportive counseling, accompaniment, financial assistance, and information/referral. In addition to providing services to crime victims, NVS provides community programs to increase safety and knowledge of NVS's services. NVS works closely with local / citywide community groups and agencies including the District Attorney’s Office, police, and government agencies such as the Social Security Administration and plays an active role in the Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy and several state and local community task forces. Please see below for NVS's mission, staff, and Board of Directors.
NVS will have a broad and deep network of supporters, partners, and funders enabling NVS to 1) serve more clients, 2) enhance services as needed, and 3) provide prevention strategies throughout the community. In turn, NVS will be known as the beacon for crime victims in the NVS service area and as the gold standard of victim service agencies throughout the region.
Northwest Victim Services values six principles when aiding victims of crimes and the Northwest community. These principles are: Community, Empathy, Dignity, Reliability, Competence, and Confidentiality.
We practice each of these values in the following ways:
NVS Board of Directors
Patrice Fisher, President
Shayna Harvey, Secretary
Gail Mitchell, Treasurer
Kevin E. Raphael, Esq.
Mark Moore, Esq.
Lori A. Dumas
Dr. Joann Cozza
Pastor Robert Coombe
Advisory Board Member
Patricia A. Payne, Chair
Reverend Leroy Miles
Reverend Nick Taliaferro
It gives me great pleasure to serve as the president of the Board of Directors for Northwest Victim Services (NVS) and work alongside a team of dedicated board members who uphold the standards of NVS to carry on our mission. Even in these times of economic uncertainty, NVS continues to provide free quality services to victims in northwest Philadelphia despite the challenge of doing more with less. We are fortunate to have highly qualified staff working toward our goal of making sure that NVS remains a cornerstone in our community, offering the best possible support and advocacy for victims of crime. We’re excited to continue our mission through upcoming activities and events and hope you will join us.
–Patrice Fisher, President of the Board
Executive Director, Melany P. Nelson
Courtroom Advocate, Mildred Yarde
Victim Advocate, Alfreda Strand
Victim Advocate, Kwaminah Greer
Aministrative Assistance, La'Wanda Hawkins