Crimes against people
Some crimes can leave victims with physical injuries and/or emotional trauma. The Victim/Witness Assistance Center provides basic services and if necessary, referrals to other assistive programs.
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Child Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- DUI resulting in injury/death
- Elder & Dependent Adult Abuse
- Hit & run causing injury/death
- Sexual Assault
Victims of any of these types of crime may be eligible to apply for compensation for out-of-pocket expenses through the State Victim Compensation Program.
Victim Services offers comprehensive services to victims and witnesses of all types of crimes. We provide assistance from the moment the crime occurs for as long as assistance is needed; there is no cutoff for assistance by the program. The Program was created by the passage of Section 13835 et seq. of the California State Penal Code, which mandates local comprehensive centers for victim and witness assistance throughout California and many of the services we offer.
- Crisis intervention
- Emergency assistance
- Resource and referral assistance
- Direct follow-up counseling
- Property return assistance
- Orientation to the Criminal Justice System
- Court escort & court support
- Case status & case disposition information
- Notification of family and friends
- Employer notification
- Victim of crime claims assistance
Other Services Available:
- Creditor Intervention
- Child care
- Restitution information
- Witness notification
- Funeral and burial arrangements
- Crime prevention information
- Temporary restraining order information
- Transportation assistance
- Court waiting area
- Employer intervention
If you have been a victim of a crime and need assistance, you can call (707) 299-1414. A Victim Advocate will speak with you and determine how we can assist you. Program services are provided free of charge, and there is no legal citizenship requirement to receive assistance.
A "victim’ is defined under the California Constitution as, “a person who suffers direct or threatened physical, psychological, or financial harm as a result of the commission or attempted commission of a crime or delinquent act. The term ‘victim’ also includes the person’s spouse, parents, children, siblings, or guardian, and includes a lawful representative of a crime victim who is deceased, a minor, or physically or psychologically incapacitated."
As a victim, you have a right to:
- Be informed about the criminal justice process;
- Be notified and informed of pending felony pretrial/trial dispositions;
- Be heard by the court at sentencing/disposition/parole eligibility hearings;
- The return of property when it is no longer needed as evidence;
- Be notified if your presence in court is not needed;
- Be informed about available civil remedies, financial assistance, and social services;
- Be compensated by the convicted offender;
- Be provided with a secure waiting area during court proceedings; and
- Have inconveniences associated with participation in the criminal justice process minimized.
Adapted from the Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights
Read California's Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008:Marsy's Rights
Marsy's Law text adopted on Nov. 5, 2008