The staff of the Division of Victim Services encourage you, as victims and witnesses, to cooperate in the investigation of your case and the prosecution of the offender. To help, we can provide these important services for you.
Crisis and Emergency Services
Our staff offer crime-related crisis counseling and, when necessary, emergency services -- food, shelter, clothing, medical care, and transportation.
Dealing with the criminal justice system can be intimidating, confusing, and frustrating. Our personnel can explain your rights as a victim or witness and provide information about the process of the criminal justice system.
We can give you current information about your court case - including the dates of court hearings and the final outcome of the case.
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, victim services 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 so you can get the help you need.
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
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 loss by filing a Victim Impact Statement on your behalf with the court. An advocate can provide you with a form to convert your restitution order from the criminal court into an enforceable civil judgement.
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) at 1-800-777-9229 for out-of-pocket expenses resulting from a crime. Up to $63,000 may be recovered for 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.