State Services for Victims of Crime

California helps crime victims through payments, services and referrals. State departments and agencies can assist victims with court appearances, name changes, housing, food, finding counseling and other important tasks. Here is a list of state departments that provide direct services for victims and what they offer.

Visit the California Attorney General’s Office website.

Phone: 877-433-9069


  • Sexual assault forensic evidence database tracking
  • Track the status of appeals, recusal cases, and other matters being handled by DOJ’s prosecutors
  • Appeal notifications provided
  • Liaison with local district attorneys
  • Assistance with exercising a victim’s right to address the court or otherwise participate in parole, clemency, and execution proceedings

CA vs. Hate Resource Line and Network

Visit the California Civil Rights Department website.

Phone: 833-866-4283


  • Helps those targeted for hate identify options for next steps after a hate incident
  • Provides ongoing and trauma-informed care coordination services to people who report acts of hate
  • People can report anonymously
  • Option to connect with law enforcement

Community Conflict Resolution Unit (CCRU)

Visit the Community Conflict Resolution website.

Communication Center

Phone: 800-884-1684 (voice) / 800-700-2320 (TTY)


  • Promotes peaceful relations by assisting communities experiencing fear, conflict or tensions relating to discriminatory practices, and acts of hate that have a community impact
  • Facilitate community collaboration
  • Works with communities affected by conflict to include community-driven input

Visit the CDCR website.

Phone: 877-256-6877


  • Victim restitution collection
  • Inmate/offender status notification, including release, parole proceeding or transfer
  • Parole board proceedings registration for participation, assistance and support
  • Post-conviction process assistance, including harassment intervention and restorative justice opportunities

Visit the CDSS website.

Phone: 916-651-8848


  • Food assistance (through CalFresh)
  • Financial assistance (through CalWORKs)
  • Pro bono legal services
  • Hate crime assistance
  • Human trafficking assistance program

Visit the CalVet website.

Phone: 800-952-5626


  • Assistance/advocacy in evidence gathering or responding to Veterans Affairs
  • Referral to services, including VA healthcare
  • Counseling

California Victims Resource Center

Visit the California Victims Resource Center website.

Phone: 1-800-842-8467

  • Customizable list of resources across California
  • Legal information and assistance
  • Information on Marsy’s Law (victim’s rights)
  • Trauma-informed assistance in all languages
  • Live chat

Visit the California Secretary of State website.

Phone: 877-322-5227


  • Mail forwarding
  • Service or process agent
  • Confidential voter registration
  • Confidential name change
  • DMV Records suppression

Visit the CalVCB website.

Phone: 800-777-9229


  • Up to $70,000 in reimbursements for crime-related expenses
  • Application assistance
  • Human Trafficking compensation
  • Income loss compensation
  • Medical/mental health/dental treatment reimbursement
  • Relocation assistance
  • Emergency awards

Visit the Courts in California website.

Find a Self-Help Center: Visit the Find Your Self-Help Center webpage.

  • Step-by-step directions available online
  • Free legal information available at self-help centers
  • Get help with a restraining order or other court forms at self-help centers or online
  • Information about victim restitution available online
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