Victim Witness Assistance Center
Due to COVID-19 the Christopher G. Money Victim Witness Assistance Center lobby is closed until further notice. However, staff is still working so you can call 805-781-5800 if you need assistance. If you are experiencing an emergency call 9-1-1. For public health information go to ReadySLO.org.
Christopher G. Money Victim Witness Assistance Center
The San Luis Obispo County Victim Witness Assistance Center works to reduce the trauma, frustration and inconvenience experienced by victims, witnesses, and family members affected by crime. We do this by providing a wide variety of services to victims of crime and their families, in addition to supporting victims and witnesses throughout the criminal justice process. As part of our mission, we inform victims of their constitutional and statutory rights under California law, and how to exercise those rights.
Each year, the County Board of Supervisors designates the Victim Witness Assistance Program as the major provider of comprehensive services to victims and witnesses in San Luis Obispo County.
April 2021 is Victims’ Rights Awareness Month
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and the Cal Poly Cyber Security Institute invite the community to join us for two FREE educational Zoom presentations in the month of April.
These two presentations will bring local experts together to share the collaborative efforts to develop the Children’s Advocacy Center, define victims’ rights within the criminal justice system, and introduces Edgar the Courthouse Dog.
Join us on April 20th and April 21st from 12pm until 1pm.
April 20, 2021: 12:00pm to 1:00pm – Children’s Advocacy Center of SLO County (CAC)
Learn about the collaborative efforts being made by the CAC in San Luis Obispo County to intervene in child abuse and advocate for our children. Members of the multiagency CAC will discuss the development, interventions, and goals of the group.
Speakers: Lisa Fraser - Executive Director, Center for Family Strengthening. This is the nonprofit home of the Child Advocacy Center and the designated Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Luis Obispo County. Rocio Hernandez - Family Advocate Services Coordinator for the Child Advocacy Center of San Luis Obispo County. Dr. Nisha AbdulCader – SART Medical Director, & Tracy Nix - CAIT Program Manager and Forensic Interviewer in San Luis Obispo County.
Register in advance for this free webinar:
April 21, 2021: 12:00pm to 1:00pm - Crime Victims’ Rights in the Criminal Justice System and learn how a Courthouse Dog works to help victims of crime.
Victims’ rights are a fairly recent development in the criminal justice system. Join us to learn just how recent and exactly what these rights mean for victims of crime.
The Christopher G. Money Victim Witness Assistance Center has a new staff member: Edgar, our Courthouse Dog. Edgar’s handlers will introduce you to him and discuss the benefits of a Courthouse Dog and the assistance for victims of crime.
Speakers: Sheryl Wolcott - Chief Deputy District Attorney, Tim Murphy - Victim Witness Director, Jen Love - Victim Advocate II
Register in advance for this free webinar:
If you have any questions, please call or email Beth Raub at 805-781-5821 or [email protected]
For many years, victims of crime were overlooked, ignored and often reduced to the role of a “witness” in the criminal justice system. During the 1970’s, victim activist groups such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters gave crime victims a new voice that was heard by policy-makers and legislators. In California, laws were passed which gave victims basic rights and created local agencies with special services designed to help crime victims’ deal with the physical, emotional and financial injuries of crime and to improve the criminal justice system’s treatment of victims.
The San Luis Obispo County Victim Witness Assistance Program is one of the special programs designed to reduce the trauma and insensitive treatment victims and witnesses may experience following a crime. Since 1977, we have been committed to helping crime victims and their families reorganize and reclaim their lives. To help empower victims, we inform victims of their legal rights and how to exercise those rights. And to help reduce the trauma and suffering following the crime, we offer a wide variety of special crisis and support services to victims, including linking them with other local and state services. For District Attorney Witnesses, we confirm court appearances, relay updates on cases and otherwise assist witnesses with their appearances in court to help reduce inconvenience and frustration.
Through close partnerships with law enforcement and other community agencies and groups, we reach thousands of new victims and witnesses each year.
This website was designed to provide another vehicle by which to reach crime victims and witnesses.
We hope that you find this website informative and helpful.
Phone: (805) 781-5821
Toll-free: (866) 781-5821
Fax: (805) 781-5828
Courthouse Annex Room 384
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Park in the parking garage at 842 Palm St Across from the Palm Theater