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:
- Complete the eLearning for Advocates course.
- The eLearning course is a 2.5-hour self-paced course. The course communicates the role of an advocate in assisting claimants with applying for CalVCB benefits. The course identifies the types of crimes CalVCB can cover along with information and documentation required to assist in determining eligibility and the reimbursement of expenses.
- Email your Certification of Completion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Request and complete the Application and Agreement/Confidentiality Statement form from email@example.com.