Victim Advocates assist claimants throughout the application process, including applying for compensation, accessing benefits and filing an appeal, if needed.
Different types of victim advocates:
- Victim Witness Assistance Center Advocates
Have access to crime information submitted with a CalVCB application; can also help with the criminal justice system. May be in a district attorney office, probation department or law enforcement agency. Penal Code 13835.2(a)(4) requires that a Victim Witness Assistance Center Advocate assist victims of crime in the preparation, verification, and presentation of their claims to CalVCB for restitution pursuant to program statutes.
- Community-Based Organization Victim Advocates
Have little or no interaction with the criminal justice system. May be part of a domestic violence program, sexual assault crisis center or an organization serving survivors of homicide victims or other crimes.
Advocates must complete and sign the Representative Request Form. The applicant must sign and date the CalVCB application signature page on or after the date the advocate signs the application.
If you are a new Victim Witness Assistance Center Advocate requesting access to CaRES, you must:
- Request the Application and Agreement/Confidentiality Statement form from email@example.com.
- Complete the Application and Agreement/Confidentiality Statement form.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Topic: CalVCB Overview
When: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Register at: email@example.com