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Crime Victim Assistance Organizations
- Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)
OVC is a part of the United States Department of Justice. It administers the national Crime Victims Fund.
- National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
OVC supports NCVRW activities each year.
- National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
- International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)
ITVERP offers financial support to victims of international terrorism.
- California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA)
CALCASA is a statewide coalition of nonprofits and others working together to end sexual violence.
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV)
CPEDV is a statewide coalition of nonprofits and others working together to end domestic violence.
- Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ)
CSJ is a nonprofit working with Californians from all walks of life to create safe neighborhoods and save public dollars.
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
NSVRC assists state sexual assault coalitions, rape crisis centers and national, state and local agencies to understand and eliminate sexual violence.
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month
NSVRC supports SAAM activities each year.
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month
- Victims of Crime Resource Center (1-800-VICTIMS)
The University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law provides resources and referrals to crime victims through their website and the 1-800-VICTIMS hotline.
- Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus
Members of the VRC represent crime victims' issues in Congress.
- National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB)
NACVCB is a professional association of crime victim compensation boards seeking to improve services for victims.
- National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
NOVA is a nonprofit organization that advances victim issues.
- National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)
The Mission of NIWRC is to support and uphold grassroots advocacy by creating and enhancing the capacity of Native communities to end gender based violence through technical assistance, education, public awareness and policy development.
Resources for Victims
- Local Victim Resources
View CalVCB's list of victim witness assistance centers and other resources in each county in California.
- VictimConnect Resource Center
VictimConnect provides live anonymous referrals and support for victims of crime, their friends, and families through the National Center for Victims of Crime. VictimConnect is free and has phone lines available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time and a chat platform open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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- Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)
BACA works with state and local officials to help protect and support victims of child abuse.
- Disaster Distress Helpline
This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
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Drunk Driving Victims
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
MADD offers direct, supportive services to victims/survivors of drunk driving crashes through MADD's trained victim advocates. A victim advocate can assist with emotional support, guidance through the justice system, and information and referrals for other needs related to the crash experience.
Domestic Violence Victims
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
- National Dating Abuse Helpline
The National Dating Abuse Helpline and loveisrespect.org are designed to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships. Call 1-800-331-9474.
- Face to Face
The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers consultation and surgery, pro-bono, to eligible individuals who have received facial injuries through domestic violence.
- Give Back a Smile
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation's (AACDCF) Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program heals some of the most devastating effects of intimate partner violence, by restoring the smiles of adult women and men who have suffered damage to, or lost, their smiles at the hands of a former intimate partner or spouse.
- StrongHearts Native Helping (1-844-762-8483)
The story of the StrongHearts Native Helpline began in 2012 when the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) began discussing the need for a domestic violence hotline to support tribal communities across the United States.
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Human Trafficking Victims
- Senate Bill 1193: Information for Victims of Human Trafficking
Sample notices with human trafficking hotlines are legally required to be posted in certain places where trafficking victims are likely to see them. The notices provide critical information on where to get help and tell the public how to report suspected human trafficking. View and print in English and Spanish (En Espanol)
- Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
The mission of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) is to assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations.
- Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY)
MISSEY provides direct services to commercially sexually exploited children and young women, which includes case management, resource services, and our Safe Place Alternative drop-in recovery center. They also provide exploited children with client advocacy, case management, and additional recovery and transition services.
- New Day for Children
The programs provide safe and secure living environments for children from California and other referring states 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, until they are healthy and prepared to live again with their families or guardians or until attaining adulthood.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.
- Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC)
Legal Services of Northern California provides legal services to the poor in 23 counties in Northern California with nine office locations located in Sacramento, Auburn, Chico, Eureka, Grass Valley, Redding, Ukiah, Vallejo and Woodland.
- Legal Aid Association of California
Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is the statewide membership organization for the almost 100 nonprofits funded through IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Account) grants by the State Bar of California. LAAC operates LawHelpCA.org which connects low income residents with free legal resources.
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CalVCB has assembled a list of LGBTQ resource centers across the state, including on college campuses. Visit our LGBTQ Resources page to find a center or organization in your area.
Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program which provides needed health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS.
Medicare is a social insurance program administered by the United States government, providing health insurance coverage to people who are aged 65 and over, or who meet other special criteria.
- List of County Medi-Cal Offices
The California Department of Health Care Services maintains a list of county Medi-Cal offices on their website. The Medi-Cal and MHSA programs' services are directly provided at the local level by counties and their contract providers.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call (800) 273-8255.
- Find a Psychologist
The National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology provides an online directory of psychologists and additional helpful information.
- Find a Therapist
CounselingCalifornia.com provides a searchable directory of licensed therapists, most of whom are members of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
- List of County Mental Health Departments
The California Department of Health Care Services' Mental Health Services Division maintains a list of county mental health departments on their website. The Medi-Cal and MHSA programs' services are directly provided at the local level by counties and their contract providers.
- Find a Therapist on Psychology Today
Psychology Today's therapist listings include psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, counselors, support groups and treatment centers.
Offender Tracking & Victim Notification Services
- CDCR Office of Victim & Survivor Rights & Services
The victim of crime, family member of a victim, or a witness who testified against the offender may request to be notified of the release, death, or escape of their offender(s).
- California State Victim Notification Service (VINE)
The California State Victim Notification service (VINE) helps victims of crime obtain information about the custody status of their offender and is provided by the local sheriff in the counties listed above and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). VINE is a free service that is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. VINE is available in English and Spanish and all registrations are confidential.
- Continuum of Care Coordinators
Most counties throughout the State of California have a Continuum of Care Coordinator who coordinates the homeless assistance providers that are receiving funding from the United States Department and Housing and Urban Development. For more information about homeless assistance providers in your area, contact the Continuum of Care Coordinator from your county.
- Federal Housing Choice Vouchers Program
The Housing Choice Vouchers Program is the federal government's program for assisting very low-income participants with housing. The California Victim Compensation Board can reimburse a crime victim for expenses related to a deposit for voucher housing.
Lifeline is a government benefit program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income consumers to help ensure they can connect to the nation's communications networks, find jobs, access health care services, connect with family and their children's schools, and call for help in an emergency. Several California companies participate in the Lifeline program.
- Safe at Home
The Safe at Home program, which provides a free post office box and mail forwarding service, is designed to help victims and survivors of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault to start new lives in peace and to provide added protections to their overall safety plans.
Sexual Assault Victims
- National Sexual Assault Hotline
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline, a nationwide partnership of more than 1,100 local rape treatment hotlines that provides victims of sexual assault with free, confidential services around the clock. Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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- List of statewide rape crisis and assault intervention services
View the members of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
State of California
- State of California
- Attorney General, Office of Victims' Services
- Board of Behavioral Sciences
- Board of Psychology
- Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency
- Cemetery and Funeral Bureau
- Dental Board of California
- Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)
- Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES)
- Medical Board of California