Category Archives: Helping Victims

If you have been a victim of a violent crime, the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB) can help you recover financially. THE VCGCB may pay bills only for expenses due to the crime and that are not covered by insurance or other sources. VCGCB does not pay for lost, damaged, or stolen property or for pain and suffering. Click here to Read More In order for the victim to obtain assistance from this agency, the victim must first file a VCGCB application within one year of the crime. The victim advocate staff of the Crime Victims’ Assistance Unit can help with the application process. Victims may also contact the VCGCB by visiting their web site: or by calling (800) 777-9229. The following losses may be covered by the VCGCB: The following losses cannot be paid by the VCGCB: Victims Have the Right to Restitution It is…

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The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office provides services to thousands of victims every year and seeks qualified volunteers to make an important contribution to public safety and crime victims in Ventura County. Volunteer staff complete an initial 48 hours of training, which prepares them to assist victims with certain services, including obtaining a restraining order, emergency shelter placement, and court accompaniment. Volunteer training includes the following subject areas. For more information click here.

Victims of crime, their next of kin, parent or guardian of minor victims, witness, or concerned citizens may request to be notified of the release, death, or escape of a convicted offender. Click here to Read More Requests for notification may be made by completing a “Request for Victim Services” Form (CDCR 1707), which available on the CDCR website below, or by contacting the Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and Services: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)Office of Victim and Survivor Rights and ServicesPO Box 942883Sacramento, CA 94283E-mail: Victim Information Notification Everyday (VINE) VINE is an automated service that lets you track the custody status of an adult offender who is in state prison or local jail by visiting or calling (877) 411-5588. Ventura County Jail Inmate Custody Status Information on custody status is available for inmates who are currently in custody at the Ventura…

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The California Victims’ Bill of Rights, also known as Marsy’s Law, was enacted by voters on November 4, 2008. This measure amended the California Constitution to provide additional rights to victims. (Cal. Const., Article 1, section 28 (a)-(e).) The Victims’ Bill of Rights provides crime victims with the following rights, as summarized below: Click here to Read More

The Crime Victims’ Assistance Unit was established for the purpose of reducing the trauma and insensitive treatment that victims may experience in the wake of a crime. Victim advocates provide comprehensive services to victims, including the following: Click here to Read More