Crime victims are often forgotten by the criminal justice system. They also frequently experience difficult financial, psychological and legal problems as a result of a crime. California has a network of programs and resources available to help victims and their families cope with the effects of a crime.
For immediate access to a comprehensive list of referrals, please click on the county for which you are searching in the list provided on the "Home" tab above to see VCRC referral agencies, organizations and other contacts for that county.
Primarily through its telephone service, VCRC staff provides resource and referral information to victims and their families, victim service providers and other victim advocates. Callers receive information on such matters as victims’ compensation, victims’ rights in the justice system, restitution, civil suits, right to speak at sentencing and parole board hearings, as well as information on specific rights of victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and abuse against the disabled. For more information about these resources, contact 1-800-VICTIMS(842-8467).
Victims’ Services Providers
In addition to providing information and referrals, the Center provides legal research on victims’ issues for service providers.
The Center also distributes thousands of free informational brochures on victims’ rights, which are widely used by law enforcement and victims’ organizations throughout the state.
Research for Service Providers
Upon request, the Center performs special research for other victim service providers. Past research topics have included prosecution of criminal cases by private parties; the charging of kidnapping as a special circumstance in murder; return of property held in evidence; subpoena access to Victims of Crime Act claim files; statutory requirements for the amount a judge must order for restitution fines; the appropriateness of victim impact statements in capital cases; and attendance of support people at court hearings and proceedings in sexual assault cases.
Determined on a case-by-case basis, the Victims of Crime Resource Center may be able to offer limited respresentation to vicitms of crime. Through this service, victims will be able to receive assistance from California Bar-certified law students in exercising their rights at various stages in the criminal justice process (pre-trial, trial and post-trial). Our mission is to seek to protect victims' rights in the following areas:
o Information and notice of the criminal proceedings,
o Be treated fairly and with respect,
o Be present during criminal proceedings,
o Be heard by the judge through a victim’s impact statement,
o Seek protection from harassment or intimidation,
o Prompt disposition of the case, and
o Restitution for economic loss to the victim.