National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2018

As the nation’s first and largest victim compensation program, the California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) from April 8–14 and Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the entire month of April.

Poster with stylized outline of family surrounded by a starburst and swirling colors with text: Expand the Circle. Reach All Victims. National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 8–14, 2018. 800-777-9229. Logos for the Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, California Victim Compensation Board, and National Center for Victims of Crime.


If you are a victim and you need help now, apply for victim compensation.

If you are an advocate for crime victims, join the NCVRW effort! Download posters, share social media posts, read the fact sheet and more on our NCVRW Resources page.

For additional resources for victims of violent crime, please visit CalVCB’s Victim Resources page.


Find a NCVRW event near you. Submit your public events to to include on our calendar.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Take part in a local denim drive in honor of Denim Day, an annual protest of harmful attitudes about sexual violence. Donations will benefit victims of violent crimes.

Social Media

Engage with CalVCB on Social Media. Share your activities, follow our posts and keep updated on events, videos and live chats. Join us in the conversation about victims’ rights, victim services and how we can all be #HelpingVictims.

Tweet us @HelpingVictims or use #HelpingVictims on Twitter. Tag us and like us on Facebook with @California Victim Compensation Board.

Use these hashtags to join the national conversation: #NCVRW2018, #ExpandTheCircle and #ReachAllVictims.

Connect with CalVCB to learn about NCVRW events near you, or to send us events to post on our event calendar.

Media Coverage


Ventura County Star logo

State, local aid programs help crime victims move on 4/7/17

It was 23 years ago when Regina Rutherford decided to move out of her Ventura home just days after her then-husband shot her in the hand during an argument. Days after the March 1994 shooting that shattered the bones in her right hand, Rutherford said, she was determined to leave the abusive relationship and find a safe place for herself and her 5-year-old daughter.


The Modesto Bee

Julie Nauman: California has money to help victims of crime 4/6/16

For many crime victims and their families, the California Victim Compensation Board is the last hope to cover crime-related expenses such as medical and mental health treatment, dental costs, home and vehicle modifications, and more.