Meet the DVS Director

Melissa Donaldson

Division of Victim Services Director

The Division of Victim Services started serving victims of crime in 1980. Over the last 40 years, this division has been committed to serving victims of crime by responding to the needs of victims, advocating to ensure that victims’ rights are protected, and providing education and support for crime victims navigating the criminal justice system.

A Message from the Director

I am proud to be able to lead the Division of Victim Services and the amazing Victim Advocates and staff here in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. When someone becomes a victim of a crime, the impact can be life changing to the individual affected and their entire family, neighborhood and, sometimes, the community. The Division of Victim Services started serving victims of crime in 1980. Over the last 40 years, this division has been committed to serving victims of crime by responding to the needs of victims, advocating to ensure that victims’ rights are protected, and providing education and support for crime victims navigating the criminal justice system.

 

Our Victim Advocates are part of the prosecution team and are specially trained to provide trauma-informed care during a criminal prosecution. Advocates can provide a variety of services to help victims during all phases of a court case and provide resources and referrals to help mitigate the damage the effects of crime can have on the victim and their family.

 

The definition of “justice” is different for each victim. While the District Attorney’s Office seeks justice within the court system, Victim Advocates also seek justice that victims define for themselves so they can move forward and heal long after the case has been resolved. The role of the Division of Victim Services in the District Attorney’s Office is critical to that healing and we are here to ensure “A Victim’s Voice Will Be Heard”.