Victim and Witness Assistance Services
What is this service?
The Victim Witness Assistance Center provides a wide variety of services to victims and witnesses to help reduce the trauma, frustration, and inconvenience experienced by those affected by crime.
The services provided by the Victim Witness Assistance Center may include:
Mandated Services: Additional Services
Crisis Intervention Creditor Intervention
Emergency Assistance Child Care Assistance
Resource and Referral Assistance Witness Notification
Victim Compensation Program Claim Assistance Transportation Assistance
Property Return Court Waiting Area
Orientation to the Criminal Justice System Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Assistance/Referral
Court Escort and Support Media Intervention
Case Status/Case Disposition
Notification of Family/Friends
Crimes Against Persons
Some crimes can leave victims with physical injuries and/or emotional trauma. Such crimes are considered crimes against persons. The Victim Witness Assistance Center provides basic services and, if necessary, referrals to other assistive programs.
Victims of any of these types of crime may be eligible to apply for compensation for out-of-pocket expenses through California Victims’ of Crime Board. Please contact a Victim Witness Assistance Center advocate for more information.
- Aggravated Assault
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Child Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- DUI resulting in injury/death
- Elder Abuse
- Hit and run causing injury/death
- Sexual Assault
- Crime Victims with Disabilities
- Human Trafficking
Property crimes affect many people in their day-to-day lives. The prosecution of property crimes helps prevent more serious personal crimes and improves the quality of life in our local communities. The Victim Witness Assistance Center provides basic services and, if necessary, referrals to other assistive programs. A victim of property crime has a right to request restitution, which is a court order that the offender pay for any loss caused by the crime.
A property crime may be:
- Commercial/residential burglary
- Petty theft
- Auto theft
- Hit and Run (non-injury)
- Driving Under the Influence (non-injury)