The Division of Victim Services has trained and experienced Advocates to work with victims, witnesses, and their families throughout and beyond the criminal justice process. It is our mission to ensure that you are treated fairly and that your voice is heard. Advocates can assist you with the following services and more:
Crisis and Emergency Services
Crime-related crisis counseling, emergency resources and referrals related to food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and transportation.
Court Information and Case Status
Dealing with the criminal justice system can be intimidating, confusing, and frustrating. We can give you current information about your court case and help you learn the process of the criminal justice system.
Appearing in court can be intimidating and inconvenient. Our staff can help coordinate your scheduled appearances and let you know just what to expect. When needed, Advocates accompany victims, witnesses, and family members to court proceedings for support.
Our personnel are familiar with local, state, and national resources. We can provide specific information and resources to assist with reducing the traumatic impact of crime.
In some criminal cases, personal property is held as evidence by law enforcement or by the court. We can help get your property back after the case is concluded.
We can help your employer understand the emotional stress you may be experiencing as a crime victim, and we may intercede with him or her to explain why you must miss work for court and/or for other related reasons.
Victim Impact Statement
At the time of sentencing, you have the right to tell the judge how the crime committed against you has impacted your life.
If you have suffered a financial or property loss as a direct result of a crime, we can help you try to recover your losses.
As a victim, your injuries or court appearances may affect your earnings. Our staff can intervene with creditors to explain your situation and encourage them to work with you.
Victim Compensation Claims
Victims, or their families, may be eligible for reimbursement through California's Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from a crime. The program can assist with expenses related to medical and hospital expenses, lost wages or support, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, and job retraining or rehabilitation. We will advise you on your eligibility for the program and help prepare and submit a claim to the state on your behalf.
Our Victim Services advocate staff can help you address the practical problems and complex needs of victimization and help make it possible for you to reorganize your life and heal in the wake of crime.